Map of the day

Source – Cornell University

A Map of the Location of Paradise here on Earth

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The full title of this map (no jokes) is“Carte de la Situation du Paradis Terrestre, Et des Pais Habitez par les Patriarches Dressee pour bien entendre l’Histoire Sainte, Par Messire Pierre Daniel Huet/Kaart van de Stant van het Aardsch Paradys, en het Land door de Aartsvaderen Bewoond Dienende tot beter verstant van de Heylige Historie door den heer Pieter Daniel Huet” In short – the location of Paradise here on earth. The map dates to 1700 and was drawn by Pierre Mortier.

Today is an awesome day, its Sunday and the first day of July.

Collectors note:

From the Age of Discovery into the Enlightenment, there was persistent pressure for Christian theology to identify the location of Paradise:

“Atheists and scoffers, whom the psalmist call Pests, usually demand, What’s become of paradise? Shew us the place in the Maps? And if this be not done for them (they are generally lazy) with all exactness, butted and bounded by Longitude and Latitude|hedged in with Degrees, and Minute Measures|attested also by Strabo and Ptolemy|they will slide into a disbelief first of Genesis, then of the whole bible, and lastly of all revealed religion.” from Thomas Gale’s, “To the Reader,” in his edition of Pierre-Daniel Huet’s “A Treatise of the Situation of the Terrestrial Paradise” in 1694 (Scafi 2006, 284).?Read more…


Huet, the Bishop of Avanches, believed that Paradise was located in a larger province of Eden. He set out to establish the location of Paradise (as well as the Tower of Babel and Noah’s ark), with an exactness beyond any previous effort. “With Huet the inquiry into where Paradise was found reaches its most extreme form of meticulous, detailed scholarship.” (Motta 301).

Huet’s Treatise was presented to the King and “long regarded as authoritative.” (Delumeau 2000, 145). Not surprisingly, Huet was cited in many maps of Paradise, including this map first published in Amsterdam in 1700 and republished several times thereafter.

Like others before and since, Huet compiled and ridiculed a comprehensive list of places other scholars had (wrongly!) identified as the location of Paradise (see Scafi 2006, 366).

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