Cole's rare map of the Holy Land
By COLE, Humfray , 1572

[Palestine] The most ancient name of this lande was called Canaan of the sonne of Cham:

Asia Holy Land
  • Author: COLE, Humfray
  • Publication place: [London]
  • Publisher: Graven by Humfray Cole, Goldsmith a English man born in ye north and pertayning to ye mint in the tower
  • Publication date: 1572.
  • Physical description: Double-page engraved map, slight loss to left and right margins, skilfully repaired, not affecting image.
  • Inventory reference: 2376


Rare map of the Holy Land that appeared in the second edition of the Bishop’s Bible of 1572.

Humfray Cole (d. 1591) was, according to his own description upon the map, a “goldsmith, a English man born in ye north and pertayning to ye Mint in the Tower [of London], 1572.” He was obviously poorly paid by the mint, as he is known to have undertaken several commissions for his patron Edward Dyer and is mentioned ias an artisan by the poet Gabriel Harvey. He also supplied scientific instruments to Martin Frobisher, and an astrolabe to Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales.


  1. Not in Laor.