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- This rare map of Hungary was produced by Matthias Zündt in 1567. Zündt (circa 1498–1572) was an engraver, sculptor, and goldsmith from Nuremberg who produced 13 copper-plate engraved maps and views between 1565 and 1571. The map originally appeared in six sheets arranged together. It shows colorful views of important cities, kingdoms, provinces, and bordering countries. Episcopal churches and Turkish religious buildings are shown, reflecting the fact that at the time one-third of the country was ruled by the Turks. Pastoral life is depicted through illustrations of cattle, shepherds, dogs, rustic houses, cabins, horsemen, and animals. Mines and mountains as well as important 16th-century military events such as battles, sieges, and encampments also are depicted. Place-names are primarily in Latin with some in Hungarian and German. Zündt’s map was used as a source in 16th-century atlases such as Ortelius’s 1573 Theatrum Orbis Terrarum and Gerard de Jode’s Speculum Orbis Terrae, published in 1584 and 1593.
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- 1 map : color ; 52 x 86 centimeters, on sheet 57 x 93 centimeters