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Auction 118, Lot 22

"Totius Orbis Terrarum Tabula, Ejusque Post Diluvium Divisio Inter Filios Noachi", Moxon, Joseph

Subject: World

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Black & White

Size:
12.8 x 8 inches
32.5 x 20.3 cm

Interesting and unusual world map from a Bible designed to illustrate how the world was divided among the sons of Noah. The map is presented on Mercator's projection, with Europe, Africa and Asia at the center and South America with a part of North America at left. The island of California is placed at the extreme right of the map, and a Northwest Passage seems entirely probable. This map has practically no detail other than rivers and mountain ranges, except for a tiny engraved depiction of the Garden of Eden located just south of the Caspian Sea. A large table at bottom provides a numeric key to major locations throughout the world. The title cartouche includes a scene of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood.

References: Shirley #458.

Condition: A

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $450

Closed on 3/6/2007

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