JERUSALEM AND PALESTINE--[BREYDENBACH, BERNHARD VON]
Panoramic map of Jerusalem and Palestine 'CIVITAS IHERUSALEM'. [Speyer: Peter Drach, 1502]
THE EARLIEST PRINTED DETAILED VIEW OF JERUSALEM, produced by Erhard Reuwich to illustrate Breydenbach's Sanctarum peregrinationum in Montem Syon, which recounts a journey to the Holy Land in 1483-84. First published in 1486, the present example is from the third Latin edition of 1502, identified by the thickening of the letters of "CIVITAS IHERUSALEM". 'This panoramic map is orientated to the east, and presents the Holy Land opening up before the pilgrim coming from the Mediterranean. In the right-hand (southwest) border we see Alexandria, the Nile Delta, Cairo, and the pyramids [in Egypt], and behind them the Red Sea, Mount Sinai and Mecca. On the left-hand (northern side) we see Tripoli in Lebanon and Damascus in Syria ... Jerusalem occupies a prominent space at the center of the map, presented in a size befitting its importance rather than realistically. Preferring to show a view of Jerusalem from the east - from the top of the Mount of Olives westward - the artist has rotated the city by 180-degrees in relation to the rest of the map, which faces east.' (Tishby)
Laor 129; Tishby, A. (ed.), Holy Land Maps (2001), pp.80-81
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