FULLER, Thomas.

Pisgah-Sight of Palestine

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Pisgah-Sight of Palestine
and the confines thereof, with the History of the Old and New Testament acted thereon.
London, John Williams, 1650.
A beautiful tall copy in a contemporary binding. Pisgah refers to Mount Pisgah, the mountain in the Bible from which Moses saw the Promised Land for the first time.

Thomas Fuller 1607 8-1661 was a loyalist English clergyman, scholar, and writer known for his preaching and quick wit. A Pisgah Sight of Palestine was Fuller's historical and geographical description of the Promised Land, written while he was under forced exile during Oliver Cromwell's rule. The text details the Puritans' attack on Fuller's moderate religious views and tolerance of unorthodox groups. It contains a full-sized Holy Land map and double-page maps of the territory belonging to the 12 tribes.

Fuller modeled his maps after Christian van Adrichom, a 16th-century Dutch priest and surveyor, adding aesthetic touches with illustrations and decorative marks, while the maps have the cartouches, embellishments and fancies, they appear to be a genuine attempt to obtain some sort of precision.
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First edition. Folio (33.2 x 22.1 cm). Erratic pagination as issued, but complete. Engraved frontispiece, title within double-ruled border with large woodcut crown above the imprint, text within ruled border with marginal column for side-notes, engraved plate of armorials by John Goddard, folding map of Palestine, 26 double-folding maps and plates, most signed by Thomas Cross, John Goddard, William Marshall, and Robert Vaughan. Contemporary polished calf, double-filleted in gilt, small floral cornerpieces, the spine in seven compartments with raised bands flanked by gilt rules, one lettering piece, edges stained red. Provenance: Richard Isted (contemporary inscription on frontispiece: 'Liber Ric[har]d Isted pretii xviii s. vi d'); Ambrose Isted, Esq. (d. 1781; armorial bookplate on title-page verso); with Bernard Quaritch, 1959; Robert Pirie (bookplate).


Wing F2455; ESTC R18096; Hopkins, Fuller's Pisgah Sight of Palestine, in the Evangelical Quarterly, Vol. LIV No. 3 July-September, 1982.   Stock ID: 93383

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