Auction 71 - The Collection of Rabbi Prof. Daniel Sperber

May 5, 2020

Map of Palestine from the Amsterdam Haggadah – Engraving by Abraham bar Jacob – Amsterdam, 1712

Opening: $500
Sold for: $8,750
Including buyer's premium
Map of Palestine, hand-colored engraving by Abraham bar Jacob (signed in the plate). [Amsterdam, 1712].
The map depicts Palestine, the Sinai Desert and the territories of the Twelve Tribes. Oriented to the east with the Mediterranean Sea at bottom and the Nile Delta to the right. The shoreline runs from Sidon to Alexandria. The map shows the route of the Israelites in the Sinai Desert; an ornate cartouche at lower right corner lists the 41 stations of the Israelites in the desert. Ships hauling the Lebanon cedars sent by Hiram King of Tyre to King Solomon for the building of the Temple and the story of Jonah depicted along the shoreline. A barn and grazing farm animals, depicted at lower left corner, symbolize the fertility of Palestine.
The map, by the Dutch proselyte Abraham bar Jacob (after Christian van Adrichom), was first printed in the 1695 Amsterdam Passover Haggadah. The date of its printing was encoded in the title by emphasizing certain letter in the Hebrew word "Techezena". In later editions, the year of printing was adjusted by emphasizing additional letters.
Engraved map: 47.5X25.5 cm. Matted and framed. Good condition.
See Laor 876.
Category
Maps of Palestine