Canaan, comonly called the Holy Land, or the Land of Promise


17th century copperplate engraving of an English Bible map.

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This decorative map of the Holy Land was engraved by Richard Palmer and based on a previous map of Canaan by Nicholas Visscher. It shows the area corresponding roughly to modern day Israel and Palestine and is embellished with three decorative cartouches; one shows the symbols used to represent different types of cities, another contains the scale in English miles, and a third holds the title. The first two are held aloft by puttis or cherubs. Within the image is a great amount of detail related to places throughout the Old and New Testaments, including the Woods of Ephraim, the Wilderness of Judah, and the way to Bethlehem.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1687

Author: Richard Blome

Sheet Width (in): 20.25

Sheet Height (in): 16.25

Condition: B-

Condition Description: The map is in fair condition, with a strong print on a full sheet. Some wear along the centerfold, including a 4" separation starting at the bottom that has been repaired on the verso.