1585 Bünting - Die Eigentliche und Warhafftige Gestalt der Erden und des Meers. Cosmographia Universalis

Woodcut world map with unexplained Australian landmass

Title:

Die Eigentliche und Warhafftige Gestalt der Erden und des Meers. Cosmographia Universalis

Map maker:

Heinrich Bunting, Itinerarium

Place and Year:

Leipzig, 1585

Dimensions:

26.5 x 35.5 cm (10.5 x 14 in)

Technique:

Woodblock printing

Coloring:

Uncolored

Condition Rating:

VG

900.00
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DETAILS

Woodcut world map with several notable features. Most interestingly, in the right hand corner the mapmaker has shown a landmass labeled 'India Meridionalis', which is similar to the west coast of Australia and in the correct relative position. The history behind the European discovery of Australia is shrouded in doubt, and this map may be part of the story, perhaps and indication of earlier than accepted Portuguese knowledge of the island continent.

In Europe one can detect a hint of Bunting's famous depiction of the continent as a queen. Africa presents a clear conception of a Ptolemaic Nile, along with the Mountains of the Moon. In the left hand corner we see an emerging America. 

The wavily-engraved sea contains sea monsters.

CONDITION NOTES

Standard paper toning and show-through from the verso, frayed edges.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00326

REFERENCES

Shirley, Rodney W. The Mapping of the World: Early Printed World Maps, 1472-1700. London: Holland Press, 1983, #142.

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