Chorographia Terrae Sanctae in Angustiorem formam Redacta et ex Variis Auctoribus a Multis Erroribus Expurgata
Peter Verbiest / Franciscus Quaresmius / 1639
In acknowledgment of the upcoming Passover and Holy Week holidays, our featured Map of the month is Peter Verbiest's marvelously detailed and beautifully colored map of the Holy Land surrounded by 18 panels depicting temple features and instruments including the seven-branched candlestick, the Arc of the Covenant, the altar of sacrifices, the Holy of Holies, and a plan and elevations of the Temple. At the center of the sheet, below the map itself, is a plan of ancient Jerusalem with a letter key to the principal monuments. This scarce and fascinating Holy Land map is from the Historica Theologica et Moralis Terrae Sanctae Elucidatio by Franciscus Quaresmius, published in Antwerp in 1639. The map appeared originally in Jacobus Tirinus' 1632 Commentary on the Old and New Testaments, with a design derived from Christian van Adrichom's seminal 1628 work. For a comprehensive overview of Holy Land maps, visit the Jewish National and University Library's Eran Laor Collection site.