BUNTING, Heinrich (1545 - 1606). "Taffel des Heiligen Landes zu dem Newen Testament Dienlich". Leipzig: Johan Beyer for Johan Franck, 1585.
Single Sheet (sheet size 12 ¼ x 8 ¾ inches). (Good impression, slightly faded, ageing).
An excellent woodblock map of the Holy Land as described in the New Testament printed on one half of a small folio sheet with German text at right and on verso. This shows the Holy Land at the time of Jesus Christ.
Palestine is shown on both sides of the River Jordan and is divided among the twelve tribes of Israel. The Dead Sea appears crescent shaped and the Sea of Galilee is placed very centrally. Bunting expertly bore out his imaginative approach to cartography, while retaining the accuracy of these lands as known in the late 16th century.
Heinrich Bunting was a Protestant professor of theology at Hanover. The Itinerarium was an exceedingly popular work, running to ten editions in seven languages over a period of seventy years from its first publication. The book describes the travels of the religious figures of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible as well as its geography, 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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