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Auction 151, Lot 597

"A Map of the Situation of ye Garden of Eden as Also of Mt. Ararat, Whereon the Ark Rested", Moll, Herman

Subject: Middle East

Period: 1711 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 6.8 inches
21.6 x 17.3 cm

This attractive and uncommon map is filled with ancient and biblical place names. It spans from Turkey and the eastern Mediterranean Sea to northeast of a misshaped Caspian or Hyrcanian Sea. The ancient kingdoms of Phrygia, Kush (appearing as Ld. of Cush), and Assyria are located, as are biblical locales such as Babel, Canaan, Shinar, Havilah, and the Land of Nod, where Cain was exiled after killing his brother Abel. The Mountains of Ararat are shown in Armenia with a note referencing Noah's Ark that reads, "Gordiean Mt. where Ark supposed to rest." Three Edens appear: the first, just plain Eden, is north of Canaan on the Mediterranean coast; the Country of Eden is just north of the Persian Gulf; and the third, the Garden of Eden, circles the confluence of the Pison, Gihon, Tigris, and Euphrates rivers.


Condition: A

A dark impression issued folding on watermarked paper with faint offsetting and a tiny edge tear at bottom left that has been closed with archival tape on verso.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $230

Closed on 11/19/2014