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Auction 156, Lot 620

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

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1659 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

22.2 x 18.3 inches
56.4 x 46.5 cm
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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: B+

A dark impression with attractive color and minor soiling and creasing along the centerfold. There are professional repairs to a short tear in bottom blank margin and a small hole at the base of the title cartouche, with a minute amount of image seamlessly replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $550 - $700


Closed on 2/17/2016