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Auction 123, Lot 676

"Terra Sancta, sive Promissionis, olim Palestina Recens Delineata, et in Lucem", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1659 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

22.2 x 18.3 inches
56.4 x 46.5 cm

A richly decorative map of the Holy Land with north oriented to the right. The coast is filled with many different kinds of ships, including one bringing cedar for Solomon's Temple, and another storm-tossed ship with a sea monster that suggests Jonah and the Whale. The Kishon (Cison) River connects Haifa Bay to the Sea of Galilee. At bottom is an inset of the encampment of the Tribes surrounding the Tabernacle, flanked by Moses and Aaron. The top of the map is decorated with elegantly engraved cartouche and garland supported by a fleet of cherubim. The bottom right has the emblem of the firm (fishermen) showing both the father and the son.

References: Laor #793.

Condition: A

A superb impression on a sheet with a minor centerfold separation in the bottom margin.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $650

Closed on 2/20/2008