Auction 108, Lot 17

"Den Aardkloot nade Zondvloed, in haar gebroken stand, met Bergen en dalen, groote Zee-Boesem, en der selver Eilanden en Ondiepten vertoond", Goeree, Willelm & Jan

Subject: World

Period: 1690 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

7 x 11.2 inches
17.8 x 28.4 cm

Very unusual world map from a Dutch book on church history published by the Goeree brothers. While not mentioned by Shirley, this map is 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. This adaptation presents the hemispheres, one above the other, and slightly overlapping. The earth is shown 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. California is depicted as an Island and Australia and New Zealand are partially formed.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/29/2004