Catalog Archive
Auction 132, Lot 575

"De Gelentheyt van 't Paradys ende 't Landt Canaan mitsgaders de eerst bewoonde Landen der Patriarchen", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: Middle East

Period: 1748 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 6.5 inches
21.6 x 16.5 cm

This is an uncommon, reduced version of the elder Visscher's map of 1642. It covers the region between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, featuring the Garden of Eden prominently located on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. Across the top of the map are vignettes of Eve offering Adam the apple, Abraham's journey from Ur to Canaan, and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise. Engraved by Abraham van den Broeck. The map initially appeared in a small Dutch Bible published by Claes Janszoon Visscher in 1643. This is the third state from a Luthern Bible with Visscher's name replaced by a flourish at the end of the title.

References: cf Laor #784; Poortman & Augusteijn #90.

Condition: B+

There is some faint toning along folds and some soil in the blank margins.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 6/2/2010