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1581 c004.jpg

1581 c004.jpg

BÜNTING, Heinrich.
'Die eigentliche und warhafftige gestalt der Erden und der Meers' 'Cosmographia Universalis'.
Magdeburg, 1581. 280 x 360.
Uncoloured; woodcut. Cut close at sides with only slight loss of printed line border on the left, otherwise an exceptionally fine example of a map that generally has problems.
Known as the second world map from Bünting's 'Itinerarium'. A fairly crude representation of the 'known' world based this time on reality and naming the principal cities. America appears in the lower left corner and also a land mass to the east looking remarkably like western Australia in about the correct position. However, it bears the name India Meridionalis.
SHIRLEY: Mapping of the World, 143, plate 120.