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Auction 168, Lot 578

"D'Oude Schets van het Eyland Malta, Alwaer, Paulus na Zyn Schipbreuk Aenlandde", Calmet, Augustin

Subject: Malta

Period: 1729 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

17.1 x 11.6 inches
43.4 x 29.5 cm

This is an uncommon bird's-eye view map of the island of Malta. The map presents a contemporary view of the island, but also illustrates Apostle Paul's shipwreck on the island in the year 60 AD. According to the legend this shipwreck took place at St. Paul's Bay, which is shown here at lower right; the map is oriented with north in the lower right corner. Saint Paul stayed in Malta for three months and performed a number of miracles, like the healing of the father of Publius, the Roman governor. Engraved by A. de Putter.


Condition: A

A nice impression on watermarked paper with attractive color, a couple of minute worm holes, a few minor creases, and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $700 - $850


Closed on 6/6/2018