Situs Terrae Promissionis.S.S.Bibliorum intelligentiam.

Jodocus Hondius (*1563 - 1612)
Coloured map of the Holy Land. Printed in Amsterdam by H. Hondius in 1633.

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A magnificent map of the Holy Land by H. Hondius based on the influential work of Christian Van Adrichom. The map is intricately engraved and features a wealth of biblical scenes, including the Exodus, the wanderings of the Children of Israel, and various battle scenes. Adorning the top is a lush floral and fruit garland, symbolizing the bountiful nature of the land. Additionally, the map is adorned with two cherubic figures upholding a banner containing a Latin verse, depictions of key biblical figures such as Moses with the Ten Commandments, Aaron in his priestly attire, Jonah and the whale, and an intricate strapwork distance scale.

This is the first state of the map still with Hondius' name on it. From the early French edition of the Mercator Atlas of 1633. French text on the verso.


CartographerJodocus Hondius
TitleSitus Terrae Promissionis.S.S.Bibliorum intelligentiam.
Publisher, YearH. Hondius, Amsterdam, 1633
Plate Size37.2 x 49.0 cm (14.6 x 19.3 inches)
Sheet Size47.2 x 54.4 cm (18.6 x 21.4 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 8150:1C.1


Lower corners missing in wide white margin, stained in margin. Very good condition.


Jodocus Hondius was born 1563 in Wakken (West Flanders). He became a globe maker and map engraver. In 1593 he set up his business in Amsterdam after he spent several years in London. He was one of the most important engravers of his time and engraved maps for van den Keere, Waghenaer and Speed. Hondius bought the plates of Mercator in 1604, added around 40 maps and published the expanded Mercator-Atlas first 1606 still under Mercator's name. After his death 1612 in Amsterdam, the business was carried out by his sons Jodocus II and Henricus.

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Coloured map of the Holy Land. Printed in Amsterdam by H. Hondius in 1633.

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