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Auction 156, Lot 603

"Situs Chorographia et Flumina Paradisi in Terra Canaan", Cluver, Philipp

Subject: Middle East

Period: 1711 (circa)

Publication: Introductio in Universam Geographicam

Color: Hand Color

8.3 x 5.4 inches
21.1 x 13.7 cm

This is a delightful little map of the Garden of Eden. The map covers the region from Armenia through the Arabian Peninsula with north oriented to the left and Eden shown to be in the region of present-day Iraq. The title cartouche is flanked by Adam and Eve and there are depictions of the Temptation and Expulsion from Eden on the map.

Cluver's Introductio in Universam Geographicam was a popular atlas, appearing in over 45 editions during a 100-year period. The first edition was published without maps in the 1620s, and the first edition to include maps was published circa 1641. The various editions were published in different cities throughout Europe, including Amsterdam, Nuremberg, and London. This map is from a London edition, with the majority of the maps re-engraved by John Senex.

References: McCorkle (18th C. Geography) #58 [45]; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.CLUV-9a #41.

Condition: A

Attractive color, issued folding, with uneven toning in top blank margin. There are minor creases and tiny binding holes in left blank margin.

Estimate: $180 - $210

Sold for: $100

Closed on 2/17/2016