Auction 137, Lot 691

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

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1659 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

22.3 x 18.3 inches
56.6 x 46.5 cm

North is oriented to the right on this richly decorative map of the Holy Land. 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 illustrates the Jonah and the whale bible story. 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 an elegantly engraved cartouche and garland supported by a fleet of putti. The fishermen emblem of the Visscher firm, showing both father and son, is at bottom right.

References: Laor #793.

Condition: A

Centerfold separations that enter map image 1/4" at top and 2" at bottom have been professionally repaired. Bottom left and top right corners have been repaired with old paper, with minute loss of neatline in top right corner. Backed with Japanese tissue.

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/14/2011