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1585 Bünting eastern Mediterranean wood-cut map illustrating the travels of St. Paul.

Place/Date: Leipzig / ca. 1585
$550.
Title: Taffel der Lender darin den Apoftel Paulus geprediget hat
Technique
Woodblock printing
Dimensions
30.5 x 37 cm (12 x 14.5 in)
Identifier
NL-00059
Coloring
Uncolored
Condition Rating
VG

Description

An excellent woodcut map featuring Heinrich Bünting’s unusual account of the travels of most of the principal figures of the New Testament.

St. Paul was as an apostle — though not one of the Twelve Apostles) — who taught the gospel of Christ to the 1st-century world. He is generally considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age. In the mid-30s to the mid-50s AD, he founded several churches in Asia Minor and Europe.

St. Paul spent most of his life on missionary journeys, spreading the teachings of Christ and the word of God. This map does a fine job bringing this biblical history to life, in a comprehensive fashion. It covers the region traversed by St. Paul from Jerusalem to Rome, extending from Rome and southern Italy eastwards to show Turkey, Armenia, Cyprus and the Holy Land. Greece is also shown, as are the southern shores of the Black Sea.

Major towns and cities are named while sea monsters populate the Mediterranean Sea.

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

Worn at the edges, slightly browned.

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