Europa das ein Drittheil der Erden, nach gelegenheit unsern zeiten.

Sebastian Münster (*1489 - 1552)
Coloured woodcut map of the European continent. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.

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16th Century Woodcut Map of Europe.

One of the earliest printed maps of the European continent. Curiously oriented to the south. Shows the continent from Constantinople and Greece to the east and Spain to the southwest. With Denmark, England, Scotland and Ireland to the bottom of the map. Decorated with a beautiful sailing ship. Letterpress title on top. A large woodcut border surrounds the title on verso. From Sebastian Münster's Cosmography, published 1574 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.

Details

CartographerSebastian Münster
TitleEuropa das ein Drittheil der Erden, nach gelegenheit unsern zeiten.
Publisher, YearHeinrich Petri, Basle, 1574
Plate Size25.5 x 34.0 cm (10.0 x 13.4 inches)
Sheet Size33.5 x 40.3 cm (13.2 x 15.9 inches)

Condition

A tear left to centrefold backed within the image.

Cartographer

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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Coloured woodcut map of the European continent. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.

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