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Johannes Buno:  II Buch Mose versertigte Hutte. [Allegorical Biblical engraving.]

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Title: II Buch Mose versertigte Hutte. [Allegorical Biblical engraving.]

Map Maker: Johannes Buno

Place / Date: Hamburg / 1680

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 7.5 x 13 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $475.00

Inventory ID: 47954


Description:

Highly unusual and decorative engraving illustrating stories from the Bible, in the form of a square tent.

The map identifies 40 scenes from the life of Moses, from this birth through the story of Exodus, with the tent representing the wanderings of the Israelites through the Desert for 40 years. 

The engraving comes from a collection by Johannes Buno (1617-1697), a Lutheran school teacher from Lüneburg, Germany.  Buno’s scarce work, a “Picture Bible”, was filled with engravings to illustrate virtually every chapter of the Bible.  The engravings include miniature pictorial elements and were intended as mnemonic devices to help the reader better remember the bible.

Buno’s imagery reflects real artistry and personality, however, they were not intended for veneration, as that would have run contrary to Lutheran attitudes of the time.  They were intended as a didactic instrument and thus did not offend his intended audience’s sensibilities.

Buno’s engravings are very rich and reward close examination with new discoveries.


Condition Description: Centerfold somewhat toned.


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