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Auction 90, Lot 13

"A Map of all the Earth And how after the Flood it was Divided among the Sons of Noah",

Subject: World

Period: 1685 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18 x 12.5 inches
45.7 x 31.8 cm

This is Visscher's version of this very uncommon, oval world map, which was included in a Dutch Bible. The map is surrounded by vignettes illustrating the Creation, the Garden of Eden and several Biblical scenes, including Moses receiving the Ten Commandments and the Crucifixion of Christ. The map itself includes CALIFORNIA AS AN ISLAND, and partial coastlines for Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Eden (and the Land of Nod) is located by the Euphrates River. Two cartouches further decorate the map, including a dedication to Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury. Fine impression and color. Ref: Shirley #457. Tear in map near dedication cartouche has been invisibly repaired, otherwise extremely fine with beautiful color.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200

Sold for: $2,300

Closed on 3/15/2000