"Asia Secunda Pars Terrae in Forma Pegasi", Bunting, Heinrich
Period: 1648 (published)
Publication: Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae
Color: Hand Color
13.5 x 10.8 inches
34.3 x 27.4 cm
Among the earliest cartographic oddities are the famous maps from Heinrick Bunting's unusual travel book based on the Bible. This map of Asia is presented as the mythical winged horse, Pegasus. The horse is drawn fairly realistically, so that a good deal of imagination is required to view the map. The head represents Asia Minor with the mouth at Istanbul. The wings portray Central Asia and Siberia with the Caspian Sea laying horizontally between the wings and the saddle. Persia is delineated on the horse blanket with the forelegs forming Arabia. The hind legs represent the Indian and Malay peninsulas. This is a later edition re-engraved on copper from the original woodcut with some additional ships, creatures and sirens in the seas.
References: Hill p.39; Tooley, MCC-1 # 3; Yeo #8.
Faint show-through of text on verso, else excellent.