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Rare 16th Century Van Doetecum Map of The Eastern Mediterranean / Travels of The Apostle Paul

Fine early map of the Eastern Mediterranean, engraved by Johannes van Doetecum the Younger.

The map illustrates the travels of the Apostle Paul, whose route from Cesaria to Rome by sea is illustrated with a double dotted line.

The map is embellished with ten scenes from Paul's life, including the second image at the top left showing Paul's conversion and in the bottom left, Paul evangelizing in Athens. These engravings are by Karel van Mander (1548-1606), whose name appears as "KMandere inventor" in the bottom right image.  Each of the images is numbered, keyed to a number on the map which corresponds with the location of the location of the scene from Paul's life.

This is one of a series of six maps of the Holy Land engraved by Van Doetecum for bibles issued beginning in the 1590s.  This series of maps would become the model for maps which appeared in Dutch, German and other bibles published in the 17th and 18th Centuries.  Arguably, this was the most influential set of Holy Land maps ever published, when one considers the scope of the audience and duration of their legacy.


The map is very rare on the market. We located only a single auction record for the separate map (OWA, 2010).