Locations in The Acts of the Apostles Barbier and Courteau 1578

Catalog Number 46238
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Barbier and Courteau

Short Title:

Locations in The Acts of the Apostles

Full Title:

"Descriptio Regionum Et Locorum, De Quibus In Act, et al" (Description of the regions and locations found in The Acts)


Contrary to Delano-Smith, who states that maps such as this, "never appeared in vernacular Bibles printed in Germany," (1990) this map is a leaf of early printing from a First Edition Biblia Sacra, printed by the prolific Thomam Guarinum at Basil in 1578 (Basil being part of the Holy Roman Empire to 1501 and continues to use German as its official language to date). This map is a leaf of early printing from a First Edition Biblia Sacra, printed by the prolific Thomam Guarinum at Basil in 1578. The quarto size paper leaves measure 190 x 134 mm. in totality and contain 64-lines of Roman Type printed double column in Latin. ). This map of the Locations in The Acts of The Apostles is drawn after Barbier and Courteau’s Geneva Bible of 1559, as well as Guillaume Rouille’s later 1569 Biblia Sacra, Lyon. Vulgate (Catholic) Bibles, such as Guarinum’s, rarely had maps included (Deumeau and O’Connell). The first use of a map in a Bible was a reduced version of Lucas Cranach the Elder’s "Exodus" in Froschauer’s 1529 edition printed in Zurich, making this map a very early and rare example. It is one out of a 4 map set that, "dominated ‘reformist’ Bibles"for forty-five years." This Biblia Sacra (Vulgate- Catholic), however, contains three of the four reformist maps in the set with the addition of the Pre-Calvinist version of Paradise containing four rivers rather than Calvin’s two.

Size of Map:

11.2 x 17.8 cm. approximately (4.5 x 7 in.)


This scarce black and white woodblock presents the "Locations in The Acts of The Apostles" extending from North Africa in the South to Macedonia in the North, Sicily in the West to "Via in Parthiam Tendns" (a region of North Eastern Iran) in the East. Map does not contain a Cartouche or Compass Rose. One ship appears in the Mediterranean Sea. As per the title, this map includes the regions and cities found in the Acts of the Apostles, New Testament, Bible. Title, geographic locations and cardinal directions use Latin terms (as opposed to Barbier and Courteau’s French version) such as Septentrio, Oriens, Meridies and Occidens (North, East, South, West) which are found just outside the neatlines. Orientation finds Septentrio (North) at the top. Calibrations within the East and West neatlines range from 30 to 44 degrees, and within the North and South neatlines range from 39 to 89 degrees. Found on the Verso from top to bottom: the last verses of Second John; title of the map; six columns of regions found in the Book of Acts, and three columns of cities found in the Book of Acts with Longitudinal and Latitudinal coordinates. These two sets of columns are found on the Recto of Rouille’s version just below the map.  Bodies of water include "Mare Mediterra" (Mediterranean Sea), "Mare Adriaticum" (Adriatic Sea), "Mare Ponticum" (Black Sea) and "Mare Hircanu" (Caspian Sea), "Mare Persicum" (Persian Sea), "Mare Rubrum" (Red Sea) as well as the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.


Adams B1086; Delano-Smith and Ingram, p.109, 6.2/1; Calvin Vol. I. 2.10; Laor 1569; Tooley Dictionary of Mapmakers Revised Edition Vols. (E - J), (K - P), (Q - Z); Delumeau and O’Connell, p.143, 2000.

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