Auction 111, Lot 352

"Europa Prima Pars Terrae in Forma Virginis", Bunting, Heinrich

Subject: Europe

Period: 1648 (published)

Publication: Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae

Color: Hand Color

14 x 10.5 inches
35.6 x 26.7 cm

Heinrich Bunting’s Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae included some of the most fanciful and curious cartographic representations. This scarce map is a splendid representation of Europe as a queen based on the Bucius design of 1537. Spain is the crowned head, Italy and Denmark arms, and the figure’s robes flow eastwards towards central Europe, Russia and the Balkans. The map is finely engraved and embellished with ships and sea monsters.


Condition: A

Very fine impression and lovely later color. Professionally infilled worm track in top margin with a tiny bit of expert facsimile in title.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 6/8/2005