“ONE OF THE GREAT BOOKS ON THE TOPOGRAPHY OF THE HOLY LAND”: FULLER’S ILLUSTRATED 1650 PALESTINE, FIRST EDITION WITH FINE MAPS AND PLATES—THE MACCLESFIELD COPY
(HOLY LAND) FULLER, Thomas. A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine and the Confines Thereof, with the History of the Old and New Testament acted thereon. London: John Williams, 1650. Folio, contemporary full dark brown calf rebacked, raised bands, renewed endpapers.
First edition of this classic work, with engraved title page, engraved armorial plate, large detailed folding map of Palestine on two sheets, 20 double-page maps—including one of Jerusalem—and seven double-page plates. From the renowned library of the Earls of Macclesfield, with embossed seal on letterpress title page.
Fuller’s work is noted for the splendid maps of the Holy Land, elaborately detailed with vignettes, emblems and scenes. “This curious and singular work is not a mere geographical work, but contains many things relating to Jewish antiquities, and to the manners and customs of the people” (Lowndes, 848). “Pisgah-Sight is one of the great books on the topography of the Holy Land” (Maps of the Holy Land, 130). Wing F2455. Gibson SVIII:1. Cox I:208. From the renowned library of the Earls of Macclesfield, with embossed seal on letterpress title page.
Small hole in N4, with loss of a few letters only; closed marginal tear to leaf C1, a few minor repairs. Minor marginal darkening. Text generally quite clean; maps fine with dark impressions. A near-fine, well-margined copy in contemporary calf covers, with exceptional provenance.