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MME 013 Het beloofde Landt Canaan

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The Blessed Land of Canaan. Antique map of the Holy Land (Israel and Palestine), with the west at the top.  Large decorative cartouche with the risen Christ and the four Evangelists and vignettes of the birth of Christ and the Crucifixion. Dutch text on verso, linking place names to the New Testament text. By Daniel Stoopendaal from a Dutch Staten Bible 1690.   (The Dutch so-called ‘Staten’ bibles published between 1637 and c.1760, contained 5 maps: the world, ‘paradise’, the peregrinations of the children of Israel, the Promised Land Canaan, the travels of St. Paul and a plan of Jerusalem.)

 

303x461mm (12 x 18 1/8 in)

 

Good recent hand colour. Overall condition good. Some browning down the centerfold. Three vertical folds as bound.                                                              $A385

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MME 008 Jerusalem

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Antique bird’s eye view map of the city of Jerusalem, based on the biblical Book of Ezekiel. Elaborate border composed of 12 vignettes related to the temple of Solomon. These include King Solomon, the High Priest, Solomon’s temple (rendered as a renaissance palace), the Arc of the Covenant etc. By Daniel Stoopendal, from a Dutch “Staten” bible published by Hendrick, Jacob & Pieter Keur, Dordrecht and Amsterdam, 1702.  (The Dutch so-called ‘Staten’ bibles published between 1637 and c.1760, contained 5 maps: the world, ‘paradise’, the peregrinations of the children of Israel, the Promised Land Canaan, the travels of St. Paul and a plan of Jerusalem.)  This city plan is due to Juan Baptista Villalpando (1552 – 1608) and first appeared in a commentary on Ezekiel published in 1604; it bears little resemblance to the physical reality of the Holy City. Its main features are the Temple Mount in the centre of the map and a walled enclosure labelled “City of David”. Surrounding the city walls are the encampments of the armies that besieged Jerusalem.

 

 

356x461mm(14 x 18 1/8 in)

 

Overall condition is very good. The hand colour is recent and attractive. Dutch text on verso, entitled “Beschryvinge van Jerusalem” (Description of Jerusalem).   $A1600

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MME 007 Karte des Arabischen Meerbusens oder der Rotten Meeres

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Antique engraved map or chart of the Red Sea with insets of the north-west arm of the Red Sea and the port of Suez. Shows many towns, mountains and place names along the coast. By I Wussin from an atlas by F A Schraembl, Vienna 1787

 

680 x 473 mm

 

Original light colour wash over the sea.  Very good condition, minor spots on verso.    $A400

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MME 006 De Beschrybing van de Reysen Pauli

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De Beschrybing van de Reysen Pauli en van de andere Apostelen .  “The Description of the travels of Paul and the other Apostles”. 

Antique engraved map of the eastern Mediterranean and part of the Middle East from Sicily to the Persian Gulf. .With the tracks of the journeys of the apostles and decorative borders top and bottom depicting events from the Acts of the Apostles. Dutch text on verso, relating the places on the map to the Acts of the Apostles.

 

355 x 467 mm (14 x 18 3/8 in)

 

Recent hand colour. In very good condition, folds as bound.                                     $A435

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MME 005 De Gelegentheyt van ‘t Paradiyds

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De Gelegentheyt van ‘t Paradiyds ende ‘t Landt Canaan, mitsgaders de Eerst Bewoonde Landen der Patriarchen… “The location of Paradise in the land of Canaan , as well as the first lands of the Patriarchs.”

Antique engraved map of the Middle East in early biblical times, from Cyprus to the land of Nod (Persia). It shows the location of the Garden of Eden (in today’s Iraq), the tower of Babel, Nineveh etc and even Jonah at sea about to be taken by the whale. Two vignettes showing Adam and Eve in Paradise and their expulsion.  By C J Visscher from a Dutch bible published in Amsterdam by Pieter Dordrecht & Jacob Keur c 1710.

 315 x 476 mm (12 ½ x 18 ¾ in)

 

Recent hand colour. Very good condition. Minor age toning along edges of margins.      $A485                                                                                                        

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MME 003 A Chart of the Gulf of Persia from Basra to Cape Rosalgate

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A Chart of the Gulf of Persia from Basra to Cape Rosalgate

Antique engraved sea chart of the Persian Gulf with inset ‘Plan of the Kismis Channel’ and ‘Plan of the Islands of Karek and Korgo with the Bay of Bendereegk’. Rhumb lines, soundings, shoals and sandbanks and 5 coastal profiles. Shows the location of Basra, Bahrain, Kuwait and Muscat.  Published by Laurie and Whittle (after Neibuhr and d’Aprés de Manevillette) in 1794.

 

 

 254 x 343 mm (10 x 13½ in)

 

Uncoloured fine impression. Very good condition.                                       $A1100

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MME 002 Tabula Asiae VI Arabia Felix

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The Arabian Peninsula and straits of Hormuz.

Antique woodblock map in glorious 16th century colour from the “Geographia” of Sebastian Munster, based on the work of Claudius Ptolemy (c150 AD). The Geographia was first published in 1540 but this map is more likely to be from an edition later in the 1500s. There is a pert mermaid in the sea and a cartouche with a list of the peoples of “Arabia Felix”. On verso is a descriptive text with the location of the towns of “Arabia Felix” and “Carmania “ (modern Kerman in Iran), surrounded by an elaborate woodblock frame with shieldsand figures holding geographical instruments.

254 x 343 mm (10 x 13½ in)

Excellent period colour; the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean are verdigris (blue-green “copper flowers”) and the Red Sea is red. Many small islands are gold. This much sought map is very rarely found in 450 year old colour. Good condition with some signs of wear on the printing block and discoloration along the centre fold.                                  Sold

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MME 001 Carte de Perse

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Carte de Perse, dressee pour l’usage du Roy. Par G. Delisle premier Geographe de S.M. de l’Academie Royale des Sciences. A Paris, chez l’Auteur sur le Quay de l’Horloge avec Privilege de S.Mte., Decembre 1724. Gravee par P. Starckman.

Antique engraved map by Guillaume de L’Isle, published by Covens & Mortier Amsterdam, c1730s or 40s.  Covers Iraq, Persia, Armenia, Caucasus, Afghanistan and parts of Central Asia. De L’Isle has been called “the first scientific cartographer” because of the meticulous care he took to assemble all the latest geographical information. His maps represented a major advance in both accuracy and detail. While sparsely decorated, they stand out for their elegance.

 

480 x 613 mm (18 ¾ x 24 in)

 

Original outline colour. Fine impression in very good condition, lower margin just trimmed (as bound); 120 mm (4 3/4in) repair to centerfold.                    $A675

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