The earliest printed map of the Asian Continent. Asia is shown from the Caspian Sea to the Pacific Ocean. In South East Asia the islands Java Major and Minor are named, also Borneo and the Moluccas (Spice Islands). With a sea monster and a mermaid. Title on verso surrounded by a beautiful woodcut border. From the German edition of Sebastian Munster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder, published 1574 by Heinrich Petri in Basel. The woodblock of this map was first used in Seb. Munster's Geographia Universalis in 1540.
Excellent condition with beautiful colours.
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: Die Länder Asie nach ihrer gelegenheit bisz in India, werden in diser Tafel verzeichnet.
Coloured woodcut map of the Asian continent. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.
Asian Continent - Münster, Sebastian - Die Länder Asie nach ihrer gelegenheit...