C1588

Die eigentliche und warhafftige gestalt der Erden und des Meers. Cosmographia Universalis.

Rare map of the world, with the western Australian coast charted in approximately its correct position and named India Meridionalis (India south). Early edition, with full margins, without repairs, an excellent example of this rare map. This map has given … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Die eigentliche und warhafftige gestalt der Erden und des Meers. Cosmographia Universalis.

Date:

C1588

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Woodblock.

Image Size: 

355mm 
x 270mm

Paper Size: 

394mm 
x 301mm
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Die eigentliche und warhafftige gestalt der Erden und des Meers. Cosmographia Universalis. - Antique Map from 1588

Genuine antique
dated:

1588

Description:

Rare map of the world, with the western Australian coast charted in approximately its correct position and named India Meridionalis (India south). Early edition, with full margins, without repairs, an excellent example of this rare map.

This map has given rise to the theory that Portuguese knowledge of Australia existed twenty five years prior to the Dutch discovery and landing by Janz in 1606, on the western coast of Cape York. Shirley’s entry refers to an earlier edition of this map, with the noticeable difference being ‘Mare Mediterraneum’ written on Africa. An early representation of America is shown at lower left, while the other continents are named. A shapeless and undefined Taprobana, Ptolemy’s Sri Lanka, is positioned incorrectly between India and Australia. On the Asian landmass the Caspian Sea is greatly enlarged while the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea are joined.

From Bunting,  Itierarium Sacrae Scripture (Journeys from the Scriptures). Magdeburg 1581

References:
Clancy, R. The Mapping of Terra Australia. Sydney 1995: p.67, ill. Map 5.8,.
Shirley, R. The Mapping of the World Early Printed World Maps 1472-1700. London 1987: 143, ill.pl. 120.
National Library Australia, Mapping Our World. Canberra 2013: p.87, ill. p.86.
Tooley, R.V. The Mapping of Australia. London 1979: Not in Tooley.
Richardson, W. Was Australia Charted Before 1606? Canberra 2008: pp. 18-20, ill. fig. 6.
Norwich, O. Norwich's Maps of Africa. Vermont 1997: Norwich, O. Norwich's Maps of Africa Vermont 1997.


Heinrich Bunting (1545 - 1606)

Bunting was a Protestant pastor and theologian, born in Hannover, Germany, in 1545 and best known for Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae (Travel book through Holy Scripture) first published in 1581 which contained a number woodcut maps. He studied theology at the University of Wittenberg graduating in 1569 and became a Protestant pastor in Lemgo. He was dismissed in 1575 and moved to Gronau an der Leine. In 1591 he was appointed superintendent in Goslar. When a dispute arose over his teachings in 1600 he was dismissed and retired from the ministry. He spent the rest of his life as a private citizen in Hannover.

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