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Decorative late 16th century woodcut map of the Holy Land

Place/Date: Leipzig / ca. 1590
$295.
Title: Beschreibung des heiligen Landes Canaan
Technique
Woodblock printing
Dimensions
20 x 31.5 cm (7.8 x 12.4 in)
Identifier
NL-00350
Coloring
Uncolored
Condition Rating
VG
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Description

Decorative woodcut map of the Holy Land depicting coastline from Sidon to Gaza, south of Sodom. Many Biblical locations are plotted, including Jericho, Givon, Mt. Tabor, and more, with Jerusalem is noted by alternative names Shalem and Jebus.

The eastern Mediterranean sea is decorated with a swan and two sea monsters.

Cartographer(s)

Heinrich Bünting

Heinrich Bünting (1545 – 1606) was a Protestant pastor and theologian. He is best known for his book of woodcut maps titled Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae (Travel book through Holy Scripture) first published in 1581.

Condition Description

Tears along the left edge; typical condition for Bünting maps.

References

Laor 140, Loewenhardt 23.

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