Auction 110, Lot 575

"Paradisi Terrestris vera et Sacris Literis Conformis Exhibitio Geographica", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: Near and Middle East

Period: 1710 (published)

Publication: Novus Atlas

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.7 x 8.8 inches
34.8 x 22.4 cm

This is a very decorative and interesting map of the Middle East covering the Biblical regions from the Black and Caspian Seas through most of the Arabian Peninsula. The map concentrates primarily on the geographical features with only a few important place names. Paradisus is located on the Euphrates River. A variety of wild animals (including a unicorn) and sea monsters fill the map. At sides are scenes of Eve offering the apple to Adam and the expulsion from the garden. Heinrich Scherer was a devout Jesuit and many of the maps and plates in his atlas emphasize the Catholic hierarchy and the spread of Jesuit missions throughout the world.

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Condition: A+

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $550

Closed on 3/2/2005

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