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Unusual Map of the Twelve Tribes of Israel

Scarce map of the Holy Land, illustrating the location of the 12 tribes of Israel.

The map presents the full region on both sides of the Jordan River with information on the various divisions among the twelve tribes and their descendants. The map is richly embellished with the title cartouche held aloft by putti. 

The vignettes at the right bear the name of the engraver Ferdinand Delamonce and G. Scotin.  Delamarche would become one of the prominent mapmakers in France in the 18th Century.


  1.  c. 1712. Title shown without decorative cartouche on left or vignettes on right.
  2.  c. 1717.  This state printed by Desprez and Desesasrtz who had Ferdinand Delamonce add vignettes to the right, and a cartouche was also added. This state adds an elaborate amount of decorative tendencies to the map. This map was printed as part of the firm's La Sainte Bible en Latin et en Francois.
  3. Later, the plate was cut to remove the vignettes at the right, and the scale of distances was reengraved to the bottom left corner. Grid lines were added and imprint has "Pour le Livre de Josue" added.
  4. The same as the third state except ‘Carte Troisieme' in the top left corner has now also been removed.

This state information was provided by Howard Golden from his upcoming text.


This is the second example of the map we have ever seen on the market.

Laor 511. Golden, Howard; private correspondence regarding pre-print of book.