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Visscher, Nicolaus

Terra Sancta, sive Promissionis, olim Palestina recens delineata, et in lucem edita per Nicolaum Visscher Anno 1659

Antique Terra Sancta, sive Promissionis, olim Palestina recens delineata, et in lucem edita per Nicolaum Visscher Anno 1659

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  • Amsterdam
  • 1688
  • Copper engraving / Original color
  • map
  • 1688-90
  • Terra Sancta
  • 466 by 567mm (18¼ by 22¼ inches).
  • 29896
  • In very good to excellent condition. The paper minor toned, a small split in the lower centre fold.

Article description

Article description

Copper engraving, hand colored in outline and wash when published. Old colored decorative antique map of Nicolaus Visscher's map of the Holy Land. This rare map is orientated to the West and shows the Holy Land divided up with the different ,Tribes of Israel'. Along the coast of the Mediterrarean Sea are several ships and a compass rose used. The highly decorative title cartouche is ornated with puttos and floral decorations. On the left side side to it the ,Notarum explicatio', a table listing with explanations for the various sizes of the cities and towns on the map. At the bottom we find in the centre a bird's eye view with the encampment of various tribes of Israel with the tabernacle in the middle. Allegoric figures (Moses and Aaron) tp the left and right. In the lower right corner a mileage scale with two people reading geographic books. Overall a beautiful old hand colored example of this important Dutch map of the Holy Land published in the 2nd half of the 17th century in Amsterdam.

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