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DELAGRIVE, Abbe Jean

Nouvelle Carte de la Terre Sainte

Mondhare, Paris, 1772
860 x 615 mm., in two sheets, early outline colour, vertical paper fault at the centrefold of the second sheet with some restoration to the verso, otherwise in good condition.
An attractive large two-sheet map of the Holy Land divided according to the twelve tribes of Israel. It is by the Abbé Jean Delagrive (1689-1757), he was born in Sedan and became a priest and philosopher. However he left the church to study geography at Krakow. He is best known for his plans of Paris which earned him the title of geographer to the city of Paris. In 1733 he participated in the measurement of the perpendicular to the meridian of the Observatory. This ornate map was first published in 1722, an example is located in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. It is the work of the engraver Claude Roussel (fl.1683-1716).

The map of the voyages of St. Paul at the top has is large inset plan of ancient Jerusalem below which relates to a table of 90 keyed places. The lower sheet includes a map of the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt and below the scale an picture of Adam and Eve driven out of Paradise. The lower border is decorated with 12 vignettes, showing in particular the Ark of the Covenant. The map is finished with an ornate title cartouche and dedication to Louis-Marie-Augustin d’Aumont (1723-1782), peer of France and lieutenant-general of the King’s armies, adorned with his coat of arms. A second state is known in which the inset of Saint Paul’s voyages is dated 1742. This is the third identified edition published by Louis Joseph Mondhare in Paris in 1772. Laor (1986) 240 (only recording this edition); Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004).
Stock number: 10109

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