"Terra Sancta, sive Promissionis, olim Palestina Recens Delineata, et in Lucem Edita...", Visscher, Nicolas
Subject: Holy Land
Period: 1659 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
22.2 x 18.3 inches
56.4 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.
A superb impression on a bright sheet with long creases adjacent to the centerfold, an archivally repaired centerfold separation that enters 1" into image at bottom, and two small worm holes in the image near bottom center. There are also small worm tracks in the bottom blank margin that do not affect the image and marginal soiling.