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[Fantasy map of Europe as a Queen from Bunting's Itinerarium]

image of Europa Prima Pars Terræ in Forma Virginis. show larger image


BÜNTING, Heinrich.
Europa Prima Pars Terræ in Forma Virginis. Magdeburg, 1581-, German edition. Woodcut, printed area 300 x 370mm. Some old ink marginalia.
The famous fantasy map depicting Europe as a Virgin Queen, with Iberia her head and crown; Denmark her right arm; Italy her left arm with Sicily an orb in her hand; Greece, the Balkans and Russia her skirts; and Bohemia a medallion on a chain over her heart. The map appears in Bünting's Itinerarium, in which the author, a theologian, rewrote the Bible as a travel book. with other fantasy maps including the World as a cloverleaf and Asia as Pegasus, the winged horse of Perseus.
[Ref: 16838]    £2,850.00 ($3,463 • €3,118 rates)

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