Les Deserts d'Egypte, de Thebaide d'zbie, de Sirie. &c: ou Sont exactement Marques Les Lieuz Habitez Par Les Saincts Peres Des Deserts a Paris Chez E: Michalet 1693
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Copper-plate engraving with full period color. Sheet size: 24 1/2 x 36 1/2". Inventory#: p367pmat. This is a highly decorative late seventeenth century map of present-day Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Cyprus, plus much of Saudi Arabia. These nations were provinces of the Ottoman Empire when Michalet created this delightful map. The map is unusual for its northwest orientation, and its focus on the lives of early Christian ascetics, whose two great centers were Egypt and Syria. The face of the map is liberally sprinkled with finely engraved miniature vignettes that portray the legendary feats of these ancient hermits. In the Arabian desert, Anchorites, or solitary monks, are burned by Arabs. In Syria, fearless hermits confront marauding lions. Near Antioch stands the pillar of Simeon Stylites (about A.D. 390-459), who spent thirty-six years praying from his fifty-foot-high perch and preaching to the mobs of pilgrims who came to hear this famous holy man. Kenneth Nebenzahl, "Maps of the Holy Land", plate 51; Tooley's "Dictionary of Mapmakers", p. 437. Bookseller Inventory # 000367
Title: Les Deserts d'Egypte, de Thebaide d'zbie, de...
Publication Date: 1693
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
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