Rheinstroms Ursprung sampt dem Schweytzerland und anstossenden Ländern. / Die ander...

Sebastian Münster (*1489 - 1552)
Coloured woodcut map of the Rhine River. Printed in Basle by Sebastian Henric Petri in 1580.

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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.

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CartographerSebastian Münster
TitleRheinstroms 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, YearSebastian Henric Petri, Basle, 1544 (1580)
Plate Size25.3 x 34.0 cm (10.0 x 13.4 inches)
Sheet Size28.5 x 37.0 cm (11.2 x 14.6 inches)
ReferenceMeurer, 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

Condition

Very good conditions.

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 Rhine River. Printed in Basle by Sebastian Henric Petri in 1580.

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