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BÜNTING, H. - Europa Prima Pars Terrae Forma Virginis.
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Europa Prima Pars Terrae Forma Virginis. - BÜNTING, H.
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Title : Europa Prima Pars Terrae Forma Virginis..
Map maker : BÜNTING, H..
Date : Magdeburg, ca. 1581.
Size : 9.2 x 13.6 inches. / 23.4 x 34.5 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.
Description :Desirable, famous and relatively scarce-to-rare item usually deemed a curiosity or oddity map. All of Europe is depicted in the form of a Queen wearing her crown and in flowing robes.
One of the earliest allegorical maps, this item was in the theologian Heinrich Bünting’s Itinerartum Sacrae Scripturae, a book mainly about the Holy Land. First published in 1581 in Germany, the book contained a number of maps including Bünting’s two other curiosities, the Clover-Leaf world, and Asia in the form of Pegasus.
References: Hill, Cartographical curiosities, Tooley, Geographical Odditie..., in MCC, Issue 1, pp. 3 - 4 & 6: pl. II.
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Condition : Left and right margin cut to outer border, re-installed, with Occidens and Oriens, carefully redraw. Paper slightly age toned and slightly spotted. Paper thinness along center fold. German text on verso.
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