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Auction 115, Lot 42

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

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1582 (circa)

Publication: Itinerarium Sacrae Scriptura

Color: Hand Color

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 noted. 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 and enlarged Ganges River dominate 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 a part of Australia, India Meridionalis, at right. Several sea monsters guard the oceans.

References: Shirley #143.

Condition: A

Nice impression and later color. Close side margins, as issued.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 6/21/2006