Auction 136, Lot 463

Europe depicted as the Queen of the World

"Europa Prima Pars Terrae in Forma Virginis", Bunting, Heinrich

Subject: Europe

Period: 1582 (circa)

Publication: Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae

Color: Hand Color

14.5 x 11 inches
36.8 x 27.9 cm

Heinrich Bunting’s Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae included some of the most fanciful and curious cartographic representations including the world in the shape of a cloverleaf and Asia as Pegasus. For his map of Europe he chose a design originated by Joannes Bucius in 1537. It presents Europe in the form of a queen. Spain forms the crown and head, France and Germany the neck and bust, Bohemia the heart, Italy the left arm holding an orb (Sicily) and Denmark the right arm holding a scepter with Britain as the flag. The remainder of the figure is a flowing robe with Greece and Russia at the feet. Major rivers, cities and mountain ranges are included. German text on verso.

References: Tooley (MCC-1) #2.

Condition: A

There is some expert paper restoration in the bottom margin, partially affecting part of the text.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,500

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 6/1/2011