Beautiful original antique map of Africa by Sebastian Münster. Based on the Ortelius map of 1570, the coast of Brazil was added. With two sailing ships and a sea monster. On verso the title with a woodcut element. From the German edition of Sebastian Munster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder, published 1598 by S. Petri in Basel. The woodblock of this map was first used in Münster's cosmography of 1588.
Old colour refreshed. The title on top slightly cut. Very 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.
Original antique map of Africa. Printed in Basle by Sebastian Petri in 1598.
Africa Continent - Münster, Sebastian - Affricae tabula nova / Africa, Lybia,...