Auction 122, Lot 44

"Geographia Sacra", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.7 x 14 inches
47.5 x 35.6 cm

This map is based on the nearly identical map of the same title by Ortelius. It depicts the world known to the ancients and is based on the Old and New Testament, following the translation of the Septuaginata. Inset into the map is a small (4 x 2.5") modern world map on an oval projection. The map is decorated with a cartouche flanked by geographers and a scale of miles with two cherubs. The cartouche contains text describing Ophir, the mythical land where Solomon was thought to have taken the gold to build his famous temple in Jerusalem. The world map shows the mythical Ophir in four possible locations; Southeast Asia, South Africa, the West Indies and South America.


Condition: A

Fine impression with wide original margins. There is some faint toning in margins, else very fine.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $650

Closed on 12/5/2007