A Discourse of the Terrestrial Paradise, Aiming at a More Probable Discovery of the True Situation of That Happy Place of Our First Parents Habitation

by Marmaduke Carver

First Edition with foldout map, published by: James Flesher, London, 1666.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Volume displays overall mild commensurate wear and aging.
  • Leather covers have blind-tooling along edges, and show minor edgewear and overall scuffing.
  • Spine features six raised bands with gilt lines, as well as blind-tooling and a newer red-ish title block with text in gilt.
  • Spine ends display soft rubbing, that is also present along shoulders.
  • Binding is secure, and is tight in textblock.
  • Book was expertly rebound at some point in the past. 
  • Map is well preserved showing relatively minimal edgewear, as well as overall toning, some dust and dirt, and occasional foxing. Map has been reinforced along two vertical tears running from lower edge.
  • Front pastedown features bookplate. (See photos)
  • Back fep shows difficult-to-read signature from previous owner. (See photos)
  • Title page has several owner's signatures around printed title.
  • Pages display marginal toning throughout.
  • Interior is in overall lesser condition than covers, showing overall toning, occasional staining, scattered foxing, and a dark stain persistent along upper edge of most pages at beginning of volume. (See photos)
  • Paper is dry. Some pages display various signs of edgewear with creasing and chips, however rare. 
  • Some small scattered black marks in margins, otherwise free of any underlining and writing. (See photos)
  • Bookplate and front ffep have some pencil writing.
  • Text block edges are tinted red.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20190103

167 pages. 4.25 x 6.5 inches.

In searching for the location of that primordial earthly paradise described in the Holy Scriptures, the author examines the scholarship of both ancient and his contemporary experts on the subject. An comprehensive investigation leads to the conclusion of the most probable geographical location of the Bible's Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve, the first humans of Judeo-Christian origins, would have lived.

Large fold-out map included, shows the presumed geographical location of the Garden in the known lands of the time, with Latin toponymy.

Provenance:  Ex Libris bookplate, with crest showing rampant lion holding pheon (stylized arrow), for James Whatman (1702-1759), inventor of "wove paper" (made on a wire-gauze mesh so as to have a uniform unlined surface.) Includes owner's sig: Fabian Philipps (1601-1690), Gloucestershire author. 

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Modified Item: No
Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Binding: Leather
Region: Europe
Original/Facsimile: Original
Language: English
Special Attributes: Map
Subject: Religion & Spirituality
Topic: Essays & Speeches
Year Printed: 1666
Author: Marmaduke Carver
Place of Publication: London
Publisher: James Flesher
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