Holy Land – Tabula Terre Sanctae

by Lorenz Fries (after Martin Waldseemüller)


Date of first edition: 1522

Date of this map: 1535

Dimensions (not including margins): 24,5 x 42 cm

Condition: Very good wood cut map. Strong paper and wide margins. Some age-toning.

Condition rating: A

Map references: Ginsberg, Septentrionalium, 4

From: Opus Geographiae  by M. Servetus (editor) and M. and G. Trechsel (publishers). Karrow 28/43; Laor 612


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Holy Land, Middle East & Iran
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A map full of history

This Ptolemaic Tabula Terre Sanctae (edited by M. Servetus and published by M. and G. Trechsel, 1535, Lyon), was printed from the 1522 woodblocks from the first Fries edition. It is a sized reduced copy of the Waldseemuller maps from 1513. The map is a quasi-copy of it that goes back to the map of Peter Vesconte. Vesconte map of the Holy Land was published by Marina Santuno in ca. 1320 in his Liber Secratorum Fidelibus de Crucis. As noted by Nebenzahl, the Sanuto-Vesconte map ” was destined to provide the basic image of the Holy Land until the eighteenth century.

Vesconte had taken some mistakes from pilgrim Buchardus of Sion, including the illustration of River Cison from Lake Galilee goes to the Mediterranean. Fries just copied them. Later the same error was copied by of Adrichem, Claes Janszoon Visscher, Cornelius Danckaerts II and others.

Bottom right: Fries showed the correct angle of some 90°  towards the Nile Delta to the west. In many more recent maps the coast (at the location of the Nile) just continued in one strait line (see van Adrichem).

As usual, one notices the division of the Holy Land on the basis of the tribes of Israel and the location of Sodom. Rivers (e.g. Jordan River), lakes (e.g. the Dead Sea)and mountain ranges are reasonably well depicted.

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