The earliest monumental maps of the course of the Rhine river. The three-sheet woodcut map showing the Rhine from the headwaters in Switzerland to its mouth in the North Sea. The map on three leaves was first published in the Cosmographia by Sebstian Münster 1544 in Basel. More editions followed until 1578. From 1588 onwards, the map was replaced by a new version. The last usage of these three wood blocks was in the rare Guicciardini Basel edition of 1580, from which this copy comes from.
The 3 hand coloured sheets are not joined, the first picture displayed is a computer assembly to show the fit of the leaves. The total size of the map if joined would be 25,3 x 102 cm.
|Title||Rheinstroms Ursprung sampt dem Schweytzerland und anstossenden Ländern. / Die ander Tafel des Rheinstroms begreiffendt die Pfaltz, Westereich, Eyfel ec. / Die Dritte Tafel des Rheinstroms, inhaltende das Nider Theutschlande.|
|Publisher, Year||Sebastian Henric Petri, Basle, 1544 (1580)|
|Plate Size||25.3 x 34.0 cm (10.0 x 13.4 inches)|
|Sheet Size||28.5 x 37.0 cm (11.2 x 14.6 inches)|
|Reference||Meurer, P.: Die Illustrationen der Basler Guicciardini-Ausgabe 1580, S. 18/2-4 (in: Cart. Helvetica 4/1991); Stopp, K.: Die monumentalen Rheinlaufkarten aus der Blütezeit der Kartographie, No. 1|
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