BUNTING, Heinrich (1545 - 1606). "Reisen Der Kinder Israel Aus Egypten". Leipzig: Johan Beyer for Johan Franck, 1585.
Single Sheet (sheet size 12 x 15 1/4 inches). (Good impression, ageing, corner margin missed).
A beautiful late 16th century woodcut map of Israel and Egypt depicting the historic Exodus by Heinrich Bunting. From Bunting's Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae. Das ist Ein Reisebuch, [-ander Theil] uber di gantze Heilige Schrifft. -- De monetis et mensuris sacrae scripturae.
The map is in excellent condition, showing the appropriate tone of paper for its age;
It is highly detailed with illustrations from this important Biblical narrative, such as the Egyptian Pharaoh drowning in the Red Sea and Jonas riding the whale. Notable cities are carefully displayed with a building illustration and labels. The path of the Israelites is traced starting out at the lower left in Egypt, across the Red Sea, through the Wilderness, and ending at the upper right corner to the west of the Jordan River - with various stopping places indicated along the way.
Heinrich Bunting was a Protestant professor of theology at Hanover. Bunting's work describes the travels of religious figures in the Bible and was the most complete summary of geography of the Bible of this period. The Itinerarium was an exceedingly popular work, running to ten editions in seven languages over a period of seventy years from its first publication. Bunting's work describes the travels of religious figures in the Bible and was the most complete summary of geography of the Bible of this period. It is accompanied by some interesting maps that take more than a little liberty with the actualities. The first part begins with the definition of the German mile and the biblical stadium, gives a list of biblical place-names with their coordinates, describe Jerusalem and the walla, gates, buildings mentioned in the Bible, before proceeding with the lives and journeys of the patriarchs, moses and Isrealites, Joshua, and concluding with the Maccabean Wars.
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