Attractive woodcut map showing the European continent with South on top. From a German edition of Cosmographia by Sebastian Munster printed from Petri in Basel around 1545. Beautiful woodcut with allegories and German text on verso.
Some browning. Overall a very good copy.
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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Old coloured woodcut map of the European continent. Printed in Basle circa 1545.
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