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Striking large format map of the Holy Land, with tribal divisions and a wealth of place names and topographical detail, including the locations of royal and priestly cities, and sanctuaries.

Decorated with two fine cartouches. The title cartouche includes four figures; at top Moses and Aaron flank the royal coat of arms, and at bottom a Roman soldier and a pagan figure appear on either side of the Arc of the Covenant. The lower mileage-scale cartouche features Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Pieter Mortier Biography

Pierre, or Pieter, Mortier (1661-1711) was a Dutch engraver, son of a French refugee. He was born in Leiden. In 1690 he was granted a privilege to publish French maps in Dutch lands. In 1693 he released the first and accompanying volume of the Neptune Francois. The third followed in 1700. His son, Cornelis (1699-1783), would partner with Johannes Covens I, creating one of the most important map publishing companies of the eighteenth century.