Judaea or the Holy Land, Here Divided into the Twelve Tribes of the Hebrews or Israelites


This 1696 map of the Holy Land is by Alexis Hubert Jaillot (1632-1712), a French cartographer best known for his Noveau atlas (New atlas) of 1689. Jaillot based much of his work on earlier maps by Nicolas Sanson and his sons, and he credits this map to William Sanson. The engraver was Louis Cordier. The map notes the locations of cities, towns, mountains, deserts, and other places mentioned in the Bible. Relief is shown pictorially in exceptionally sharp detail. Hand coloring is used to show the boundaries of the territories inhabited in Biblical times by the 12 tribes of Israel. The cartouche at the left depicts Moses and Aaron, flanking the map’s lengthy Latin title. The cartouche at the lower right contains a key to the symbols used on the map. The key is partially framed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, surrounded by the animals and looking at the serpent, who is tempting Eve.

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Alexis Hubert Jaillot, Paris


Title in Original Language

Judaea seu Terra Sancta, quae Hebraeorum sive Israelitarum in suas duodecim tribus divisa

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1 map : color ; 52 x 82 centimeters

Last updated: May 11, 2015