Current Auction: March 16th, 2017
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Lot: 271 The celebrated, figuratively executed “Clover Leaf Map.” Double-page woodcut map. 12.25 x 15.125 inches.
Magdeburg, first edition 1581, (or later): Est: $4,000 - $6,000
THE FAMED CLOVER-LEAF MAP OF THE WORLD.
The German theologian Heinrich Bünting (1545-1606) is renowned for his Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae, first published in 1581 and from where this map is extracted.
This celebrated figurative illustration depicts the world as three continents - Europe, Asia and Africa - on a clover-leaf projection with Jerusalem at the center. The continent of America is represented as a separate shape at the bottom-left corner of the map, with the caption "The New World," newly discovered, when the map was first conceived.