Attractive woodcut map showing the African continent. From a German edition of Cosmographia by Sebastian Munster printed from Petri in Basel 1580. "This map ... was based on Ortelius ... The coast of Brazil was added on the left hand side of the map." (Tooley). German text on verso.
Small margin on top, slightly waterstained in right margin. Overall good condition.
Sebastian Münster was born 1489 in Ingelheim (Pfalz). First being a Franciscan, he became Professor for Theology, Hebrew and Mathematics after he converted to Protestantism in 1529. He became one of the most influencing geographers of the sixteenth century. His Cosmographia, published in 1544, spread geographical knowledge wide over Europe. It was issued in nearly 40 editions and 6 languages. Münster was the first cartographer publishing each known continent on a separate map. His second important work was the Geographia, a new edition of Ptolemys Geographia. He died May 1552 in Basel on Black Death.
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Sebastian Münster: Affricae tabula nova / Africa, Lybia, Morenlandt, mit allen Königreichen so jetziger Zeit darumb gefunden werden.
Coloured woodcut map of the African continent. Printed in Basle by Petri circa 1580.
Africa Continent - Münster, Sebastian - Affricae tabula nova / Africa, Lybia,...