An extremely rare plan of Jerusalem issued in Wittenberg, Germany, around 1670 for Martin Luther's Protestant translation of the Bible. This rare Bible contained several early maps of the Holy Land drawn by Georg Andreas Bockler. All examples of Bockler's work are extremely rare and are almost always, as in our example, exhibit condition issues. This particular map depicts a fictional Jerusalem with some thirty biblical sites identified numerically. Portraits of Solomon and David appear in the upper left and right quadrants. The map is signed by A. Bockler in the lower left quadrant.
Georg Andreas Böckler (1644 - 1698) was a German architect, engraver, and engineer who wrote is best known for his lavishly engraved Architectura Curiosa Nova (1664) and Theatrum Machinarum Novum (1661). Based in in the city of Nuremberg, Germany, Bockler specialized in hydraulic architecture. Architectura Curiosa Nova was his most important work. It is mainly a book on theory and application of hydrodynamics for fountains, water-jets, garden fountains and well heads with many designs for free-standing fountains. The fourth part includes designs for grottoes and garden pavilions. In 1661 Böckler wrote Theatrum Machinarum Novum, an important work on windmills, pumps and other hydraulic machines. Cartographically Bockler did little work but his corpus does include several important and scarcest maps of Jerusalem published in a 1670 edition of Martin Luther's Protestant translation of the Holy Bible. Bockler's name is sometimes written as Boeckler.
Biblia, Das ist Die gantze heilige Schrifft Alten und Neuen Testaments, Deutsch (durch) D. Martin Luther, (Wittenberg) edited by B.C.Wust, 1670.
Good. Right margin trimmed - see image.