Germanicae Nationis Descriptio.

Sebastian Münster (*1489 - 1552)
Antique woodcut map of Germany. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1552.

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Early woodcut map of Germany by Sebastian Münster. Oriented to the South. Showing the region from Croatia in the upper left to Lübeck and Hamburg in the North. Title on verso. From Münster's Geographia Universalis published 1552 in Basel.


CartographerSebastian Münster
TitleGermanicae Nationis Descriptio.
Publisher, YearHeinrich Petri, Basle, 1552
Plate Size25.3 x 34.8 cm (10.0 x 13.7 inches)
Sheet Size31.3 x 40.7 cm (12.3 x 16.0 inches)


Small tear in lower white margin, slightly stained in margins. 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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Antique woodcut map of Germany. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1552.

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