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Maps of Journeys of Children of Israel & St. Paul

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Sortie des Enfans d'Israel and Voyages de St. Paul

Lot of 2, both ca 1669, French text on verso. Visscher, Jan de. Description Geographique des Voyages de St. Paul, et des Autres Apostres; avec celle des Pais & Royaumes ou ils ont presche l'Evangile. (Geographical Description of the Voyages of St. Paul and the other apostles with the countries and Kingdoms where they preached the Gospel.) Hand-colored, 41 x 54cm (approx 16 x 21.25 in.) inside neatlines. Lower right N. Berchem Invent. and J(I). de Visscher, fecit.

Blotelingh, Abraham. Sortie des Enfans d'Israel hors d'Egypte, leur passage par la Mer Rouge, le Voyage qu'ils firent pendant 40 annees dans les Deserts, et leur entree au pais de Canaan. (Departure of the Children of Israel for Egypt, their passage through the Red Sea, their forty years in the desert and their entry into the country/land of Canaan.) Hand-colored, 41 x 54cm (approx 16 x 21.25 in.) Lower left of center N. Berchem Invent. and lower right of center A. Blotelingh, fecit. This map with slightly tilted perspective, north is about 45 degrees to the right on the compass rose, so Palestine is horizontal across the map, Egypt is in the upper left.

Both maps with vignettes by Nicolaes Berchem (1620-1683), who is not as well-known for his religious drawings as for he is for landscapes, but was a versatile artist. A prolific Dutch artist, Berchem often painted in the Italianate style, and became well-known particularly because many of his paintings were reproduced as prints. In 1669 the Elzevier publishing house put out a French Bible, for which they enlisted popular artists to illustrate a frontispiece and maps. The La Sainte Bible appears to have been planned at least a decade before its publication, and was to include 5 maps to illustrate several stories. Berchem worked with Jan de Visscher (1632-1692) and Abraham Blotelingh (1640-1690) as engravers of the five maps. He had worked previously with Nicolaes Visscher, so he as clearly familiar with these printing houses.

The "Departure of the Children of Israel from Egypt" has three vignettes at the bottom from the life of Moses, with the central image of Moses receiving the 10 Commandments (Exod. 20), the left image of Moses striking the rock for water (Numb. 20.11) and gathering the people and taking the rod from the Lord (Numb. 20.9). The cartouche is illustrated, and there are ships (much later European style vessels) on the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

The "Voyage of St. Paul" is oriented with north to the top. There are illustrated cartouches and scales at top and bottom center. There are 8 vignettes of Biblical scenes on either side of these informative panels, plus numerous figures around and between each panel. The Berchem panels include: (top) Pentacost (Acts 2); Peter and John healing a cripple at the door of the Temple (Acts 3.8); Death of Ananias (Acts 5.5); Stoning of Stephen (Acts 7.58); (bottom) Conversion of Paul (Acts 9.4); Elymas struck blind (Acts 13.11); Paul and Barnabas Healing the Cripple at Lystra (Acts 14.11); Paul shipwrecked on Malta with the viper attached to his hand (Acts 28.3).

For additional information on the engravings see Bennett, Shirley K. "Nine Religious Drawings by Nicolaes Berchem: Designs to Ornament Maps in a 1669 Bible." Hoogsteder Mercury, 13/14, p.60.

Property from the Collection of Dr. Fred E. Schwab, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Maps of Journeys of Children of Israel & St. Paul

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Lot 0074 Details

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Sortie des Enfans d'Israel and Voyages de St. Paul

Lot of 2, both ca 1669, French text on verso. Visscher, Jan de. Description Geographique des Voyages de St. Paul, et des Autres Apostres; avec celle des Pais & Royaumes ou ils ont presche l'Evangile. (Geographical Description of the Voyages of St. Paul and the other apostles with the countries and Kingdoms where they preached the Gospel.) Hand-colored, 41 x 54cm (approx 16 x 21.25 in.) inside neatlines. Lower right N. Berchem Invent. and J(I). de Visscher, fecit.

Blotelingh, Abraham. Sortie des Enfans d'Israel hors d'Egypte, leur passage par la Mer Rouge, le Voyage qu'ils firent pendant 40 annees dans les Deserts, et leur entree au pais de Canaan. (Departure of the Children of Israel for Egypt, their passage through the Red Sea, their forty years in the desert and their entry into the country/land of Canaan.) Hand-colored, 41 x 54cm (approx 16 x 21.25 in.) Lower left of center N. Berchem Invent. and lower right of center A. Blotelingh, fecit. This map with slightly tilted perspective, north is about 45 degrees to the right on the compass rose, so Palestine is horizontal across the map, Egypt is in the upper left.

Both maps with vignettes by Nicolaes Berchem (1620-1683), who is not as well-known for his religious drawings as for he is for landscapes, but was a versatile artist. A prolific Dutch artist, Berchem often painted in the Italianate style, and became well-known particularly because many of his paintings were reproduced as prints. In 1669 the Elzevier publishing house put out a French Bible, for which they enlisted popular artists to illustrate a frontispiece and maps. The La Sainte Bible appears to have been planned at least a decade before its publication, and was to include 5 maps to illustrate several stories. Berchem worked with Jan de Visscher (1632-1692) and Abraham Blotelingh (1640-1690) as engravers of the five maps. He had worked previously with Nicolaes Visscher, so he as clearly familiar with these printing houses.

The "Departure of the Children of Israel from Egypt" has three vignettes at the bottom from the life of Moses, with the central image of Moses receiving the 10 Commandments (Exod. 20), the left image of Moses striking the rock for water (Numb. 20.11) and gathering the people and taking the rod from the Lord (Numb. 20.9). The cartouche is illustrated, and there are ships (much later European style vessels) on the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

The "Voyage of St. Paul" is oriented with north to the top. There are illustrated cartouches and scales at top and bottom center. There are 8 vignettes of Biblical scenes on either side of these informative panels, plus numerous figures around and between each panel. The Berchem panels include: (top) Pentacost (Acts 2); Peter and John healing a cripple at the door of the Temple (Acts 3.8); Death of Ananias (Acts 5.5); Stoning of Stephen (Acts 7.58); (bottom) Conversion of Paul (Acts 9.4); Elymas struck blind (Acts 13.11); Paul and Barnabas Healing the Cripple at Lystra (Acts 14.11); Paul shipwrecked on Malta with the viper attached to his hand (Acts 28.3).

For additional information on the engravings see Bennett, Shirley K. "Nine Religious Drawings by Nicolaes Berchem: Designs to Ornament Maps in a 1669 Bible." Hoogsteder Mercury, 13/14, p.60.

Property from the Collection of Dr. Fred E. Schwab, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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