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The Holy Land Vintage Map of 1545 -  Terra Sancta XXIII - Miniature Handmade Clay Globe with Map Reproduction

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"The World is Flat" is an original miniature globe and vintage map curiosity. A perfect gift for the lover of travel, the cartography enthusiast or the history buff in your life!

This Flat World features Sebastian Muenster's map of the Holy Land circa 1545.

One of the earliest obtainable modern maps of the Holy Land. The whole map extends from Sidon and the land of the Phoenians in the north to Gaza in the south with numerous Biblical sites and a number of vignettes. The inset is a key of ancient and modern place names.

This map is orientated with west at the top and is based on earlier maps by Muenster and Ziegler. After the 1542 edition, the title was changed to Terra Sancta XXIII.

Muenster's Geographia was a cartographic landmark, including not only Ptolemaic maps, but also a number of landmark modern maps, including the first separate maps of the 4 continents, the first map of England and the earliest obtainable map of Scandinavia. Muenster dominated cartographic publication during the mid-16th Century.

Muenster is generally regarded as one of the three most important map makers of the 16th Century, along with Ortelius and Mercator. He was a linguist and mathematician, who initially taught Hebrew in Heidelberg. He issued his first mapping of Germany in 1529, after which he issued a call geographical information about Germany to scholars throughout the country.

The response was better than hoped for, and included substantial foreign material, which supplied him with up to date, if not necessarily accurate maps for the issuance of his Geographia in 1540.

The Flat World Globe measures 2 7/8 inches in diameter and 2 1/2 inches deep.


The Story of the Flat Worlds

Once it was a common held belief that the world was, indeed, flat. If murderous sea monsters and sirens weren't enough, it was thought that sailing too far out to sea, one would risk dropping right off the face of the Earth.

I rather loved that idea as a child. . . many a bed/bedroom sailing vessel found itself in high seas battling creatures of the deep in those days. Later in my life, upon staring out to sea from my coastal environment, I recalled the stories I read of early explorers and can easily imagine the fear of early explorers heading out towards that distant horizon line where the world beyond just seems to vanish.

Here is a small, whimsical interpretation of that old "The World is Flat" belief rendered in polymer clay. This piece is formed and hand textured then painted with acrylic and gold pigment paints to give it an "old world" styling. The small, vintage map is attached and lightly decoupaged across the flat surface of this "half globe". The piece comes with its own small "tripod" stand for you to display it on.


***NOTE!!!*** We can reproduce the Flat Worlds with a variety of ancient and modern maps. If you have an idea or a wish (someones birth country or ancestral origin, historic period, favorite city) let us know and we can customize a Flat World for you!

The Holy Land Vintage Map of 1545 - Terra Sancta XXIII - Miniature Handmade Clay Globe with Map Reproduction


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: premium polymer clay, acrylic and gold pigment paint, reproduction of a vintage map
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