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Auction 146, Lot 50

Rare Edition of Bunting's Clover Leaf Map of the Old World

"Tabule Wsseho Ofrsslku Zemskeho W Spusobu Listu Detelowelo", Bunting, Heinrich

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1592 (published)

Publication: Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae

Color: Hand Color

14.3 x 10.5 inches
36.3 x 26.7 cm
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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 a sailing ship and sea monsters. Heinrich Bunting was a theological commentator from Hanover and devised the curious shape of the map from the arms of his home town. This comes from the re-cut woodblock from the exceedingly rare Czech edition of Itinerarium, with Czech words inserted on the map and larger sea monsters instead of mermaids.

References: Shirley #142; Manasek #32; Laor p.129; Nebenzahl (HL) pp. 88-89; Tooley (MCC-1) #88; Hoppen #130.

Condition: B+

A strong impression with two printer's creases running near the centerfold, a few spots, and light soiling.

Estimate: $6,000 - $7,500

Sold for: $4,500

Closed on 9/4/2013