Early woodcut map of Franconia by Sebastian Münster oriented to the South. Showing the region around the river Main. The title on verso is surrounded by a beautiful woodcut border. From the German edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder, published 1574 by Heinrich Petri in Basel. The woodblock of this map was used first in Münster's Geographia Universalis in 1540.
A very good copy on excellent paper.
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: Franckenland am Main, beschriben nach aller gelegenheit in Stetten, Wassern, Bergen, Walden und anstossenden Landern.
Antique woodcut map of Franconia, Bavaria. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.
Germany - Münster, Sebastian - Franckenland am Main, beschriben nach...