Ysbrand van Hamelsveld; 1743-1812.
This protestant predicator served as the Batavian Republic
Minister of the Church, and professor at Utrecht.
Not much is known of him except for his political activism
(he was Head of State for two weeks in 1796) and his remarkable
contribution to the publication of the "Dutch Bibles" in the
form of essays, commentaries, dissertations, stories and illustrations.
De IXde Landkaart vertonende de van ouds bekende
wereld verdeeld onder Noachs nakomelingen..
This rare map (16 5/8" X 13 ¼") was designed to illustrate
bible (bijbel) studies or other books of religion and devotion.
The printing date of the present item is not known.
However, the original folds lead to believe it was inserted
in the 1797 two volumes 4to (5.25" x 9") "Bijbel-Geschiedenis.
Door Y. van Hamelsveld. In Twee Deelen, met Platen. Behelzende
de Geschiedenis van ... Te Amsterdam, Bij Johannes Allart,
It shows the land heritance allocation to the three sons of
Noah: Shem in Europe, Ham in Africa and Japheth in Asia.
Notice that the colorist was not well versed in the Old Testament;
for instance he shows Gomer, Tiras and Javan (all sons of
Japheth) in Europe; and Canaan (son of Ham) in Asia.
Notice the track of Saint Paul apostle from Caesarea (in present
days Israel) to Rome (including the shipwreck in Malta). Rome
where, as a Roman citizen, he was to answer to charges of
treason (found not guilty and freed, he resumed his missions
only to be arrested later on, and to be beheaded on the orders
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