Die ganze Welt in ein Kleberblat/Welches in der Stadt Hannover/meines lieben Vaterlandes Wapen.[TITLE IN SINGLE LINE (WITH SLASHES) ABOVE TOP BORDER]
BUNTING, HEINRICH, 1581
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This curious map appeared in a late sixteenth century rendition of the Bible in the form of an illustrated travel book. It reflects outmoded medieval theologic-geographic concepts, placing Jerusalem at the center of the world and at the intersection of three continents.
The format of the map is an imaginative adaptation of the cloverleaf design taken from the coat of arms of Hannover, the author's native city. In a mixture of fantasy and geography, the continents of the Old World are compressed into three petals with Jerusalem at the center. England and Scandinavia (Denmark and Sweden) are portrayed as islands in the northern ocean. The Red Sea separates Asia from Africa, and the Mediterranean Sea fills the angle between Africa and Europe. A glimpse of the New World is seen at the lower left. The all-encompassing ocean is embellished with a mermaid, a Triton, several sea monsters, and a ship.