Auction 169, Lot 644

"Paradisus", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1610 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.5 x 5.8 inches
19.1 x 14.7 cm

This handsome small map shows the Holy Land between the Mediterranean and Chaldaea in present-day Iraq, extending to the mouth of the Tigris in the Persian Gulf. The map depicts the site of Paradise, between the four rivers near Babylon, with a miniature image of Adam and Eve by the apple tree. At bottom is a large vignette of Adam and Eve below the apple tree in Paradise, surrounded by a strapwork border. Latin text on verso.

References: Laor #492; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #0820H:351.

Condition: A

A dark impression on watermarked paper with light toning along the edges of the sheet and a small damp stain in the right blank margin.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/12/2018