Auction 113, Lot 46

"Die Eigentliche und Warhafftige Gestalt der Erden und des Meeres. Cosmographia Universalis", Bunting, Heinrich

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1582 (published)

Publication: Itinerarium Sacrae Scriptura

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14.5 x 10.7 inches
36.8 x 27.2 cm

This unusual map focuses on the Old World showing Europe, Asia and Africa in outline with the locations of the principal cities. In Africa the Nile originates in the Montes Lunae and a large island in the river is the location of Meroe, the mythical tombs of the Nubian Kings. A huge Caspian Sea dominates Asia. The most interesting parts of the map are in the bottom corners where there is a short coastline of Brazil, America Die Newe Welt, at left and what appears to be a part of Australia, India Meridionalis, at right. Several sea monsters guard the oceans. German text on verso.

References: Manasek #32; Shirley #143.

Condition: A

Minor paper restoration of corners, well away from map. Short printer's crease at bottom left. Slight show through of text on verso. Bottom right corner not printed as is usual for this map and as illustrated in Shirley's.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 12/7/2005

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