Auction 140, Lot 697

"Tabula Geographica, in Qua Paradisus, nec Non Regiones, Urbes, oppida, et loca describuntur; quorum in Genesi mentio fit: Auct. D.R.M. Mathes…", Plancius/Cloppenburg

Subject: Middle East

Period: 1643 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 11.4 inches
49.5 x 29 cm

This is the second state of a supremely graphic map from a Dutch Bible featuring a large engraving of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, surrounded by a variety of animals and birds. The scene is juxtaposed beside the map locating Paradisus just south of Babylon. The sheet is then further embellished with fifteen oval vignettes from Genesis. Dutch text on verso.

References: Laor #565; Poortman & Augusteijn #73.

Condition: B

Expert repairs to centerfold separations and chips and tears that enter 1/4" to 1" into map at right and left, with some image in facsimile. Soiling at the left and right side of the image.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 5/23/2012