32 cm x 21 cm copperplate engraving, 35 cm x 22.5 sheet size, J. Schneider, Augsburg, engraved circa 1725, printed 1731. Steinberger worked as an engraver for the Augsburg-based mapmaker Georg Matthäus Seutter. Whence the Queen of Sheba presented Solomon with riches might have been located.Presented in an eastern "sideways" orientation and stretching the Africa through the Arabian peninsula, Persia and India all the way to Indochina and Sumatra, Scheuchzer and Steinberger certainly hedged their bets as to where this kingdom of riches might have been found. As always Scheuchzer cites Bible verses appropriate to the subject; here it is 1 Kings 10:11,12 as referenced on the plate. And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious stones. And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the LORD, and for the king's house, harps also and psalteries for singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day.
Beautifully engraved with fine horizontal lines for littoral waters that impart a distinct "3D" effect, this example of the map is in excellent condition and presents subtle outline hand colour that will make for a fine presentation if matted and framed. To get a sense of map detail consider that the distance from Socotra. ("Zocotora") east of the Horn of Africa to the northern tip of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) as seen below measures just 10 cm actual size. Condition - Please note carefully: The map is in excellent condition as can be ascertained from photos, image area essentially pristine, strong impression with distinct platemark on fine laid paper with ornate watermark, no text on verso, no folds.
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This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Asia Maps". The seller is "regiomontanus" and is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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