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Auction 114, Lot 541

"Asia Secunda Pars Terrae in Forma Pegasi", Bunting, Heinrich

Subject: Asia

Period: 1581 (circa)

Publication: Itinerarium

Color: Hand Color

13.5 x 9.5 inches
34.3 x 24.1 cm
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Among the earliest cartographic oddities are the famous maps from Heinrick Bunting's unusual travel book based on the Bible. This woodblock 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. A ship, large creature and sirens are in the seas.

References: Hill p.39; Suarez Fig. 54; Tooley, MCC-1 # 3; Yeo #8.

Condition: A

Expert minor repair on top centerfold. Pleasant even toning.

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,500

Sold for: $2,750

Closed on 3/1/2006