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Auction 101, Lot 20

"[Lot of 2] Den Aardkloot nade Zondvloed … [and] Den Aardkloot van water ontbloot…", Goeree, Willelm & Jan

Subject: World

Period: 1690 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

6.9 x 11 inches
17.5 x 27.9 cm
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Pair of very unusual world maps from a Dutch book on church history published by the Goeree brothers. While not mentioned by Shirley, these maps are obviously based on the hemispheres by Thomas Burnet in his Telluris Theoria Sacra… of 1681. Thomas Burnet was the first Englishman to attempt a scientific account of the origin of the earth. His popular and controversial treatise focused on the breaking up of "the fountains of the great deep" as the cause of the flood, as described in Genesis 7:11, and it presented a model of the earth's structure with ample stores of water within subterranean chambers. These adaptations present the hemispheres, one above the other, and slightly overlapping. The first shows the earth after the Flood; the continents in outline with accentuated chains of mountains and no place names. Numerous islands are shown throughout the oceans denoting hypothetical lands that existed before the Flood. The second, which is most unusual, depicts the earth bared of it waters showing the ocean floor in relief. Both maps feature California as an Island, a single Great Lake, and partially mapped Australia and New Zealand.

References: cf Shirley #507.

Condition: A

Mild toning.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $350

Closed on 12/4/2002