Nicolas Visscher map of Holy Land with Biblical images c. 1657

$600.00 CAD

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Early example of Nicholas Visscher’s important map of the Holy Land.  Covers the region between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf (including the modern-day regions of Israel, Palestine, Jordan Syria, Turkey & Iraq).

There are several versions of this copper-engraved map, I believe this one dates to a Dutch Bible from 1657.

The title along the top of the map is flanked on either side by cartouche scenes from Adam & Eve in the garden of 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. Other illustrations feature 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.


De Gelegentheyt van 't Paradys ende 't Land Canaan mitsgaders de eerste bewoonde landen Der Patriarchen, uyt de H. schrifture en verscheyden Auctoren bij een gestelt door Nicolaes Visscher

“Paradise, or the Garden of Eden. With the Countries circumjacent Inhabited by the Patriarchs”

Vertical fold, for insertion into the Bible. in good condition strong print and paper beautiful colour slightly stained and brownish. Vertical folds on left and right sides. Few restored (on back) tears in the folds.

38 x 48,8 cm


Nicolaes Visscher I (1618, Amsterdam – 1679, Amsterdam) was a Dutch engraver, cartographer and publisher. He was the son of Claes Janszoon Visscher. His son, Nicolaes Visscher II (1649–1702), also worked with him and continued the family tradition of mapmaking after his death.