"Geographische Beschryvinge, van de Wandeling der Apostelen ende de Reysen Pauli...", Visscher, Claes Janszoon
Subject: Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East
Period: 1642 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
19 x 12 inches
48.3 x 30.5 cm
This map portrays the Eastern Mediterranean from Rome, through Asia Minor and the Holy Land, to Babylon. Territorial divisions reflect the political conditions of the first century A.D. The route of Apostle Paul is charted from Jerusalem to Rome. The decorative panels at top and bottom show the major events of Paul's journey; each vignette being a composite of two or three episodes. The one at the left of the cartouche shows Paul blinded on the road to Damascus, his baptism by Ananias, and finally his daring escape from the city. Other scenes depict the young Paul before his conversion, healing the paralytic, his ship wreck at Malta, and his appearance before Nero. Dutch text on verso.
References: cf. Laor #787; Poortman & Augusteijn #89.
A crisp impression on paper with a fleur-de-lis coat of arms watermark and professional repairs to a hole in the Black Sea, with a minor amount of the text skillfully replaced in facsimile. The right and left margins have been professionally extended to accommodate framing.