Bunting Map


Bunting, Heinrich, 1545-1606. Die ganze Welt in ein Kleberblat Welches ist der Stadt Hannover meines lieben Vaterlandes Wapen.
Woodcut, 26 x 36 cm. In Itinerarum Sacrae Scripturae, Helmstadt, Jacob Lucius Siebenburger, 1581 and later.

In many medieval maps, Jerusalem was shown as the center of the world. The medieval mappa mundi usually took the form of a T within a circle, with the three known continents of Europe, Asia and Africa divided by the T-shaped waters of the Mediterranean and the Nile and Don Rivers, and the earth surrounded by the oceans.

Although Bunting’s map harkens back to this early tradition, it is actually based on the coat of arms of his home town. The translation reads “The whole world in a cloverleaf which is the coat of arms of my dear fatherland, the city of Hanover.” America, the New World, appears uncertainly in the lower left corner. The explanatory text reads: “as far as the fourth part of the world, namely America, is concerned, which has recently been ‘invented,’ there is no need here to say more as it is not mentioned in the Holy Scripture.” Itinerarium sacrae scripturae, a travel book based on “the entire Holy Scripture,” was very popular and appeared in many editions and translations until from 1581 to 1774.

Taken from http://www.library.yale.edu/exhibition/judaica/mcsml.1.html

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