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Johannes Buno:  [Prophecies of Jonah, Micah and Nahum]

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Title: [Prophecies of Jonah, Micah and Nahum]

Map Maker: Johannes Buno

Place / Date: Hamburg / 1680

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 5.5 x 8 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $245.00

Inventory ID: 49810


Description:

Fascinating allegorical engraving of a large fish and the fall of Nineveh, from the Prophecies of Jonah, Michah and Nahum.

Most of the vignettes specifically provide numerical references to the various Chapters in which they appear.

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: Minor loss at top right corner.


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