Baynton-Williams Gallery: Fine Antiquarian Maps and Prints

Visscher: Palestine

Visscher: Palestine
Nicolaas Visscher
Paradice or the Garden of Eden. With the Countries circumjacent Inhabited by the Patriachs.
At Amsterdam by Nicholas Visscher with Priviledge of y H.M. Lords, y States Generall. [n.d., c.1680.]
Engraving   315 x 465mm. Laid on old paper, repaired tear in bottom right hand corner, small stain on bottom right hand margin, four vertical folds.
Map of the Middle East, showing from Cyprus to Iraq, dedicated to the Duke of Buckingham.
Close inspection of the map reveals some extraordinary details. The picture in the top right hand corner shows Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, whilst a number of descriptions on the map refer to other stories from the Bible. The map was made in 1675, and appeared at a time when Protestants in England believed, very literally, in the truth of the Bible.

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