|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||Studio Iohannis Christoph. Harenbergii Praep. S. Laur. Sehening. Curantibus Homannianis Heredibus Norimb. A.1750|
|Dimensions||475 x 515 mm|
A large and impressive mid-eighteenth century map of the Holy Land, published by the Homann Heirs for the Maior Atlas Superiore following the cartography of the theologian Johann Christoph Harenberg. The map divides the region into the territories of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, as well as featuring the neighbouring kingdoms and nations of Egypt, the Edomites, the Nabataeans, the Moabites, the Ammonites, Syria, and the Arabian Desert. The territory of each of the twelve sons of Jacob is presented in full hand colour, and mountains, rivers, and lakes are shown pictorially. In the top left corner of the map, a large inset map on a scroll shows the division of Palestine into its biblical kingdoms. The title of the map is enclosed in a decorative baroque cartouche in the bottom right corner, while a banner in the top right features a lengthy dedication to Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick.
A superscript title in French reads: 'Carte de la Terre Sainte divisee selon les Douze Tribus D'Israel revue et augmentee par Mr. Jean Christoph Harenberg Prevot et Professeur, Publiee par les seins des Heritiers de Homann, l'An 1750.'
Johann Baptist Homann (20th March 1664 - 1st July 1724) was a German engraver and cartographer, and the Imperial Geographer to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. In 1702 he opened a publishing house in Nuremberg, and his maps often make reference to his membership of the Prussian Royal Academy of Sciences and his imperial patronage. Upon his death, his maps passed to the Homann Heirs company and reprinted many times before the company closed in 1848.
Johann Christoph Harenberg (1696-1774) was a German theologian, and a member of the Berlin Academy of Sciences.
Condition: Central vertical fold, as issued. Trimmed to platemark along top margin, as issued. Blank on verso.