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Auction 138, Lot 723

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

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1642 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

19 x 12 inches
48.3 x 30.5 cm

This is a fine Bible map of the Holy Land with 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: B+

There are narrow side margins which is common with Dutch bible maps. There is a small edge tear in the lower blank margin that does not enter the image and some minor ink stains in the upper blank margin.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 12/7/2011