Carte de la Situation du Paradis Terrestre


Scarce first edition map attempting to identify the definitive location of Paradise.

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This map was first issued in 1700 as part of Pierre-Daniel Huet’s “A Treatise of the Situation of the Terrestrial Paradise.” It was engraved by Pieter Mortier, father of Cornelius, who would go on to establish the renowned published firm of Covens & Mortier in 1721 with his partner Johannes Covens. Huet, a bishop and devout Christian, dedicated much of his life to research and meticulous scholarship on the location of Paradise, and believed it lay within the larger context of Eden, found in the area known today as the Middle East (Iran, in particular).

Rather than focus on specific geographic details, this map instead presents illustrated representations of Biblical stories in general locations between the Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf and Caspian Seas. The Exodus, Sermon on the Mount and the Tower of Babel are just a few examples represented within the image. The Lion and the Lamb, along with the Serpent can be found in the title cartouche and add to the Biblical theme.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1700

Author: Pierre Mortier

Sheet Width (in): 19.00

Sheet Height (in): 16

Condition: B+

Condition Description: An obvious stain on the right side and narrow margins are the primary defects. Some separation along centerfold repaired on verso.