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WIT, Frederick de.

Terra Sancta sive Promissionis olim Palestina recens delineata, te in lucem edita.

[The Holy Land and Palestine.]

Published: Amsterdam. c.1680

Stock code: 53214

Price: £550

Sale Price: £330

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A beautiful map of the Holy Land, with title cartouche at top centre, flanked by garlands and cherubs; ships at sea; inset view of tented tabernacle guarded by the twelve tribes, within decorated cartouche; two scales at lower right. Frederick de Wit was a prolific map publisher and engraver. During his lifetime he produced not only highly decorative and desirable atlases, but also wall maps, sea charts and “town books” of major Dutch and European cities. (He acquired the copperplates of these town books from Abraham Wolfgang sometime after 1674, who in turn had acquired them directly from the house of Blaeu and Jansson.) In 1688 de Wit obtained a privilege from the States General to publish his maps; atlases published after this date carry the mark “cum privilegio”. De Wit’s maps enjoyed high regard and popularity, and were produced for many years after the closure of his business (Tooley, Dictionary of Mapmakers Q-Z, p. 402).

Size: 550 x 460 mm. Copper engraving. Original colour. Good margins. Single wormholes on each side, small hole (2mm) at lower right. Unobtrusive blind stamp. Centrefold strengthened. Very good condition

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