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Auction 165, Lot 29

"Geographia Sacra", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1652 (published)

Publication: Accuratissima Orbis Antiqui Delineatio

Color: Hand Color

18.8 x 14.1 inches
47.8 x 35.8 cm
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This map is based on the nearly identical map of the same title by Ortelius. It depicts the world known to the ancients and is based on the Old and New Testament, following the translation of the Septuaginata. Inset into the map is a small (4 x 2.5") modern world map on an oval projection. The sheet is decorated with a cartouche flanked by geographers and a scale of miles with two cherubs. The cartouche contains text describing Ophir, the mythical land where Solomon got the gold to build his famous temple in Jerusalem. The world map shows the mythical Ophir in four possible locations; Southeast Asia, South Africa, the West Indies and South America. Blank verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #0810H:1.

Condition: A

A sharp impression on paper with wide margins and minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $300

Closed on 11/15/2017