Auction 137, Lot 689

"Geographische Beschryvinge van t'Beloofde-Landt Canaan…", Visscher, Claes Janszoon

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1648 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

18.8 x 12 inches
47.8 x 30.5 cm

Fine Bible map of the Holy Land has north oriented to the left. This is the elder Visscher's map of Canaan, richly engraved and decorated with a vignette of the crucifixion at upper left and a decorative title cartouche incorporating an old fisherman (the mark of Visscher). The sea is filled with fishing boats, the track of Apostle Paul's journey to Rome, a compass rose, and an angel embellishing the scale of miles. Dutch text on verso.

References: Laor #789; Poortman & Augusteijn #88.

Condition: A

The narrow side margins, which are commonly damaged on Bible maps, have been professionally extended. The bottom right side includes a tiny bit of skilled facsimile of the neatlines. Marginal soiling.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/14/2011