This unusual little map is also known as the Wittenberg world map. It represents Daniel's interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar's dream. This prophecy from Chapter 7 of the book of Daniel speaks of "the four winds of the heaven … and four great beasts [which] came up from the sea." The barely recognizable continents of the Old World - Europe, Asia and Africa - are depicted with the four beasts of Daniel's dream. The world is surrounded by wind heads in a blustery sky and a stormy ocean. Theologians at Wittenberg interpreted this dream as a foretelling of the victory of the Turks at the Battle of Mohacs in 1526, and the image remained popular for several decades thereafter. The map first appeared in a commentary on the prophet Daniel by Martin Luther in circa 1529, and is often attributed to the printer Hans Lufft. This example is considered the 7th version of the map, which was engraved by Jost Amman and Virgil Solis, whose initials "A" and "VS" appear at bottom. This woodblock version is surrounded by a decorative Mannerist border and was published in several different bibles between 1564-1607. On a full sheet of German text measuring 9.3 x 15.2".
Light toning on watermarked paper with several small worm holes outside of image and a damp stain at bottom of sheet.