Auction 113, Lot 47

"Die Ganze Welt in einem Kleberblat / Welches ist der Stadt Hannover Meines Lieben Vaterlandes Wapen", Bunting, Heinrich

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1582 (published)

Publication: Itinerarium Sacrae Scriptura

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14.5 x 10 inches
36.8 x 25.4 cm

This is one of the most fanciful maps of the Old World representing the Trinity. The three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa are arranged in the form of a clover leaf with Jerusalem at the center. Three landmasses lie outside the trefoil: England and part of Scandinavia above, and in the lower left corner a portion of the New World (Die Newe Welt). The woodblock map is beautifully engraved with waves in the oceans that are filled with sea monsters, a sailing ship and mermaids. Heinrich Bunting was a theological commentator from Hanover and devised the curious shape of the map from the arms of his home town. German text on verso.

References: Shirley #142; Manasek #32; Nebenzahl (HL) pp. 88-89; Tooley (MCC-1) #88.

Condition: A

Some repairs in blank margins with worn corners, well away from map.

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

Sold for: $6,000

Closed on 12/7/2005

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