1657 Visscher Map of the Holy Land or the "Earthly Paradise"
Description: This is a splendid early example of Nicholas Visscher’s important 1657 map of the Holy Land, or as it is titled (in rough translation) “Paradise, or the Garden of Eden. With the Countries circumjacent Inhabited by the Patriarchs." Covers the region between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf (including the modern day regions of Israel, Palestine, Jordan Syria, Turkey & Iraq), and features a prominent the Garden of Eden located near the city of Babel ( Babylon ). The beautiful strapwork title along the top of the map is flanked on either side by cartouche scenes from Eden. In the Mediterranean, a sailing ship is being confronted by Jonas’s whale. In the lower left quadrant, a decorative scale of miles is topped by an elderly fisherman – one of Visscher’s marks. The map itself, combining actual and Biblical geography, is stunningly produced. Features the Land of Nod, the Garden of Eden, the Tower of Babel, and other semi-mythical locations. This map was drawn by Visscher as part of a five part map series for inclusion in Abraham van den Broeck’s 1657 Dutch Staten Bible. This is the first edition of this important map series which would become basis for numerous other Biblical maps appearing through the 18th century, including those of Stoopendal , Krul and Maxon.
References: Poortman, Kaarten in Bijbels, #84.
Cartographer: The Visscher family were prominent Dutch map publishers for nearly a century. The Visscher cartographic story beings with Claes Jansz Visscher ( 1587 - 1652 ) who established the firm in Amsterdam near the offices of Pieter van den Keer and Jadocus Hondius. Many hypothesize that Visscher may have been one of Hondius's pupils and, under examination, this seems logical. The first Visscher maps appear around 1620 and include numerous individual maps as well as an atlas compiled of maps by various cartographers including Visscher himself. Upon the death of Claes, the firm fell into the hands of his son Nicholas Visscher I, and would, in turn, eventually be passed on to his son, Nicholas Visscher II. Most of the maps bearing the Visscher imprint were produced by these two men. Many Visscher maps also bear the imprint Piscator (a Latinized version of Visscher) and often feature the image of an elderly fisherman. Upon the death of Nicholas Visscher II, the business was carried on by the widowed Elizabeth Visscher until it was eventually sold to Peter Schenk. Click here for a list of rare maps from the Visscher Family.
Size: Printed area measures 19 x 13 inches (48.26 x 33.02 centimeters)
Condition: Very good condition. Minor margin repair in upper right quadrant. Original centerfold. Else very good.
Code: Gelengentheyt-visscher-1657 (Necessary for phone inquiries: 646-320-8650)