Auction 136, Lot 635

"De Gelegentheyt van 't Paradys ende 't Landt Canaan, Mitsgaders de Eerst Bewoonde Landen der Patriarchen…", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: Middle East

Period: 1650 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Black & White

Size:
18.8 x 12.5 inches
47.8 x 31.8 cm

A lovely, decorative Dutch Bible map 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. The strapwork title cartouche is flanked by scenes of Eve offering Adam the apple and the expulsion from paradise. In the sea beneath Cyprus is a scene of Jonah and the whale. The distance scale features Visscher's signature vignette of himself as a fisherman. This map is based on the elder Visscher map of 1642, slightly larger and more decorative. Both father and son used the fisherman as a signature on their maps but the image is slightly different with Nicolas' being an image of a young man. Dutch text on verso.

References: Laor #794; Poortman & Augusteijn #119.

Condition: B+

Nice impression with some minor professional repairs on the folds on verso. Narrow but adequate top margin.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $180

Closed on 6/1/2011

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