Auction 153, Lot 604

"Carte de la Situation du Paradis Terrestre... / Kaart van de Stant van het Aardsch Paradys...", Mortier, Pierre

Subject: Middle East

Period: 1809 (published)

Publication: Nouvel atlas de la Bible…

Color: Hand Color

18.7 x 15.9 inches
47.5 x 40.4 cm

This is a very uncommon version of Pierre Mortier's map of the region from the Mediterranean through the Persian Gulf published by Jacques Desray. Detail is omitted in favor of small Biblical depictions engraved within the map, including the Sermon on the Mount, Babylon, the Garden of Eden, Noah's Ark and others. Three tiny ships sail in the Persian Gulf and a pictorial scale of miles surmounted by a lion and a lamb with a serpent in an apple tree adorns the upper-left corner. Title is in both French and Dutch in panel at top.


Condition: A

Excellent impression and color on watermarked paper with one tiny tear at top right that has been professionally repaired. Narrow top margin as issued.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 5/20/2015