Thomas Fuller

Thomas Fuller. A Pisgah-sight of Palestine and the confines thereof :with the history of the Old and New Testament acted thereon. London, 1650.

Thomas Fuller. A Pisgah-sight of Palestine and the confines thereof :with the history of the Old and New Testament acted thereon. London, 1650.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) was a clergyman and historian who wrote commercially successful books on the history and geography of the Holy Land. He combined his scholarship with a remarkable ability as an illustrator, exemplified in the present work which is one of the great books on the topography of the Holly Land.

For over two centuries it was considered the finest collection of maps and descriptions of the area. It contains 30 double-page copper plates, an expensive method of illustration. Fuller financed the book by dividing it into sections and finding sponsors for each one. This was a precursor to the practice of publishing by subscription. To acknowledge the patrons, all maps contained decorative cartouches with the sponsor's coat of arms and a dedication.

Photo: Part of the territory west of the Dead Sea apportioned to the Tribe of Judah. Four cities, including Sodom and Gomorrah, burn.

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