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Auction 138, Lot 47

Bunting's Clover Leaf Map of the Old World

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

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1581 (circa)

Publication: Itinerarium Sacrae Scriptura

Color: Hand Color

14.3 x 10.3 inches
36.3 x 26.2 cm

This fanciful map of the Old World was drawn to represent 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) appears. 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; Laor p.129; Nebenzahl (HL) pp. 88-89; Tooley (MCC-1) #88.

Condition: B+

Lovely color with a few unobtrusive spots, marginal soiling and a professional paper repair in upper-right blank corner. The lower side margins are narrow, as issued, but still adequate for framing.

Estimate: $6,000 - $7,000

Sold for: $4,000

Closed on 12/7/2011