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Paradise, or the gardens of Eden with the countries circumjacent inhabited by the patriarchs.
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Visscher, Nicholas; Moxon, Joseph
Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1691
Materials: ink; color; paper
Measurements: 15 1/4 in x 19 3/4 in
Hand-colored copperplate engraving. One of a series of six biblical maps published in Dutch by Visscher in 1671, which were completely translated into English by Moxon. The cartouche in the upper right corner of the map depicts the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. The map is dedicated to the Duke of Buckingham, Chancellor of Cambridge. In the upper left corner is the Duke's Coat of Arms with the dedication signed by Joseph Moxon. Moxon (1627-1691) was a London cartographer, engraver, publisher and seller of maps and globes, and maker of navigational instruments. For a while he was a hydrographer to the king. Moxon was instrumental in breaking Dutch dominance on nautical chart production. He translated them into English and had them printed in London.