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Ancient world map by Hans Lufft. 1560-1600

A somewhat curious map of Europe, Africa, and Asia is found in apocalyptic literature originally emanating from Wittenberg in 1530 or even 1529. One of the first impressions of the map was used by the printer Hans Lufft to illustrate two works: one a commentary on the prophet Daniel by Martin Luther (1530) and another linking the vision of Daniel with the assaults of the Turks on the perimeters of Christian Europe at the time. Later, a smaller block was cut, and the map from this was used in editions of Luther's Wittenberg Bible from 1534 onwards.

The map itself is a crude woodcut showing the four beasts of Daniel's dream and the simplified continents of Europe, Africa and Asia. It is known as the 'Wittenberg World Map' or 'Daniel's Dream Map'.

The initials of the engraver, Virgil Solis, is at the bottom of the map.

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Item Number:  28159  new
Category:  Antique maps > World and Polar
References: Shirley (World) - #65A

Old, antique world map, Daniel's Dream Map, by Lufft Hans.

No title.

Date of the first edition: 1530.
Date of this map: c. 1560.

Woodcut, printed on paper.
Size (not including woodcut borders): 80 x 120mm (3.15 x 4.72 inches).
Verso: German text.
Condition: Hand coloured, good.
Condition Rating: A+.
References: Shirley (World), 65A

From: German Luther Bible, c. 1560-1600.

A somewhat curious map of Europe, Africa, and Asia is found in apocalyptic literature originally emanating from Wittenberg in 1530 or even 1529. One of the first impressions of the map was used by the printer Hans Lufft to illustrate two works: one a commentary on the prophet Daniel by Martin Luther (1530) and another linking the vision of Daniel with the assaults of the Turks on the perimeters of Christian Europe at the time. Later, a smaller block was cut, and the map from this was used in editions of Luther's Wittenberg Bible from 1534 onwards.

The map itself is a crude woodcut showing the four beasts of Daniel's dream and the simplified continents of Europe, Africa and Asia. It is known as the 'Wittenberg World Map' or 'Daniel's Dream Map'.

The initials of the engraver, Virgil Solis, is at the bottom of the map.