Early woodcut map of Franconia by Sebastian Münster. The map is oriented to the south. Shows the region around the river Main. Centred around Schweinfurt, with Bamberg, Würzburg, Nürnberg and Aschaffenburg. The title on verso is surrounded by a beautiful woodcut border. From a German edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder, published around 1545 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.
Some restoration in margin, centrefold backed, evidence of minor creases.
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.
Coloured woodcut map of Franconia, Bavaria. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri circa 1545.
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