"De Gelegentheyt van 't Paradys Ende 't Landt Canaan, Mitsgaders de Eeerst Bewoonde Landen der Patriarchen...", Visscher, Nicolas
Subject: Middle East
Period: 1663 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
18.6 x 12.5 inches
47.2 x 31.8 cm
A lovely, decorative Dutch Bible map covering 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, although 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.
A clean and bright example with attractive color. Issued folding with a short fold separation at bottom left and a tiny tear in the Mediterranean that have been archivally repaired.