Research Prints are color prints fitted to 11" x 17" paper ideal for research and educational use, but not suitable for framing as center seams and imperfections will not be removed. Orders for less than 15 research prints will be mailed folded in an envelope. Larger orders will be shipped flat via UPS.
The practice of illustrating Bibles with maps began early in the sixteenth century. By the seventeenth century, Bibles typically contained maps illustrating five traditional subjects: the Patriarchs; the Exodus; the Twelve Tribes of Israel in the Promised Land; Christ and the Gospels; and, the Wanderings of Saint Paul. Some mapmakers, such as the eminent Visscher family of Amsterdam, added a plan of Jerusalem. This is the first such plan, an imaginary bird's-eye view of the ancient walled city with east at the top. The Second Temple, Mount Zion, and Herod's Palace are among 40 sites identified. A vignette at the lower right depicts the anointment of King Solomon, and another at the lower left portrays the Crucifixion. The fisherman in the lower left corner represents a visual signature of the mapmaker, whose Dutch name "Visscher" is equivalent to the English "Fisher."