Jacob Ziegler

Jacob Ziegler Kennen (Landau, 1470/1471 – Passau, 1549) è stato un cartografo, geografo e teologo tedesco. Nato a Landau, studiò all’università di Ingolstadt e soggiornò per un periodo a Roma presso la corte papale di Leone X prima di convertirsi definitivamente al protestantesimo. Ebbe modo di frequentare anche il riformatore Adam Reusner che, divenuto segretario personale del condottiero Georg von Frundsberg, seguì in Italia nell’impresa romana, dal 1526 al 1528, che culminò con il famoso sacco di Roma. Soggiornò a Vienna; dal 1545 al 1549 visse a Passau nella casa di Wolfgang Salm.

Il suo più importante trattato di geografia fu pubblicato a Strasburgo - Argentoratum - nel 1532 con il titolo Quae intus continentur Syria, Palestina, Arabia, Aegyptus, Schondia, Holmiae civitatis. Nel 1540 fu ritratto dal pittore tedesco Huber Wolf (Feldkirch 1490 - Passau 1553). e questo quadro è ora esposto al Kunsthistorisches Museum di Vienna.

Jacob Ziegler

The humanist and theologian Jacob Ziegler (c 1470/71 - August 1549) of Landau, was an itinerant scholar of geography and cartographer, who lived a wandering life in Europe. He studied at the University of Ingolstadt, then spent some time at the court of Pope Leo X before he converted to Protestantism; subsequently his geographical works were placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum.

For a time he taught at Vienna; in his old age, 1545-49, he lived in the house of Wolfgang Salm, Bishop of Passau. His portrait by Wolf Huber (1490-1553), executed about 1540, when he was about seventy years old, is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. His main geographical treatise published under the title Quae intus continentur Syria, Palestina, Arabia, Aegyptus, Schondia, Holmiae civitatis at Strasbourg in 1532.


Very scarce and important early map featuring Scandinavia and Greenland and naming Finland for the first time. A huge Greenland is connected to northern Europe by a land bridge. At the southern extreme of Greenland is a region named 'Terra Bacallaos' (land of the codfish), which actually refers to an area of Newfoundland. Ziegler had access to information from the voyages of John Cabot and the writings of Peter Martyr, as well as geographical sources from Scandinavian Prelates at the Papal court. The sea is fully engraved depicting strong currents and lurking sea monsters. This important map is a foundation map for Scandinavian, Greenland, and North American collections.