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Auction 135, Lot 576

"Tabula Geographica, in Qua Omnes Regiones, Urbes, Oppida, et Loca Describuntur, quorum mentio sit in Actis et Epistolis Apostolorum, et Apaocalypsi…", Plancius/Cloppenburg

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East

Period: 1643 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 11.3 inches
49 x 28.7 cm

This superb, graphic map of the eastern Mediterranean, from Rome to Babylon, depicts the spread of Christianity as reported in the Acts of the Apostles. This is the final map of the standard set of five Holy Land maps normally found in Dutch Bibles. The map is surrounded by fifteen Biblical vignettes including the apostles receiving heavenly inspiration, and the events of the Apocalypse as in the book of Revelations. The map includes a small inset of the whole Mediterranean region and is further decorated with a compass rose, sailing ship and strapwork distance scale. This is the second state with Plancius' name in the cartouche replaced by D.R.M. Mathes. Dutch text on verso, from a Dutch Bible published by Cloppenburg.

References: Poortman & Augusteijn #82; Laor #570.

Condition: A+

A fine example with a sharp impression and original margins. Marginal fold separations at bottom have been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 2/16/2011