Europe depicted as the Queen of the World
"Europa Prima Pars Terrae in Forma Virginis", Bunting, Heinrich
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.
There is some expert paper restoration in the bottom margin, partially affecting part of the text.