"[Creation of the Earth]", Goeree, Willelm & Jan
Subject: Cartographic Miscellany
Period: 1690 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
6.7 x 11 inches
17 x 27.9 cm
This is a very unusual print from a Dutch book on church history published by the Goeree brothers. It probably illustrates the controversial theories of Thomas Burnet, the first Englishman to attempt a scientific account of the origin of the earth. His popular treatise focused on the breaking up of "the fountains of the great deep" as the cause of the flood, as described in Genesis, and it presented a model of the earth's structure with ample stores of water within subterranean chambers. Two diagrams of the earth are surrounded by Biblical scenes including Eve offering the apple to Adam and the Expulsion, people feasting before the Great Flood and two bizarre creatures apparently representing heaven and earth.