A rare and captivating 1592 Czech edition of Heinrich Bunting's map of Palestine, providing a detailed representation of the region and showcasing the 12 tribes of Israel, extending from Gaza and Moab to the mountains north of the source of the Jordan River.
This exceptional map is from Heinrich Bunting's acclaimed work, "Itinerarum Sacrae Scripturae," which delves into the travels of various biblical figures and offers a comprehensive geographical account of the Bible during this period. First printed in Helmstadt in 1581, the book gained immense popularity, leading to over 60 editions published in different languages, including Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Czech, and English.
Bunting's map of Palestine captures the historical and religious significance of the region, with each of the 12 tribes of Israel carefully delineated. The map's geographical extent, covering the area from Gaza and Moab to the mountains north of the Jordan River's source, offers a unique perspective on the landscape and boundaries of the time.
This scarce Czech edition of "Tabule a wymalovánj země Swaté" is a testament to the widespread influence and popularity of Bunting's work. Its combination of cartographic precision, historical context, and religious significance make it a valuable and engaging addition to any collection of antique maps or materials related to the history of Palestine and biblical geography.
Henrich Bunting was a Protestant theologian and teacher born in Hanover, in what is now Germany. He attended the University of Wittenberg and graduated in 1569. He then began work as a preacher but caused some controversy with his teachings; he was dismissed from appointments in both Lemgo and Goslar.
He is best known today for his book, Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae (Travel book through Holy Scripture), a travel collection and commentary of the geography of the Bible. The book provided the most complete summary of biblical geography then available and described the Holy Land by following the travels of various notable people from the Old and New Testaments. First published in Madgeburg in 1581, Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae was a very popular book for the time. Over 60 editions were published between 1581 and 1757.
A particularly notable feature of the book were its many woodcut maps, many of them showing unique depictions of geographic features and continents. In addition to the conventional maps, the book also contained three figurative maps; the world depicted using a cloverleaf design (thought to possibly represent the Trinity with Jerusalem in the center), Europe in the form of a crowned and robed woman, and Asia as the winged horse Pegasus.