Early woodcut map of Malta and Gozo. Published by Heinrich Petri in Basel in 1574.

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Small, early woodcut map of Malta with Gozo by Sebastian Münster. On the full text sheet. In the margin an interesting manuscript list of Grand Masters of the Knights of the Crusades with Gerhard Sasso, Raymond du Puy, Auger de Balben until Luis Mendez de Vasconcellos (1622-23). The manuscript notes thus probably originated around 1623, total 3 sheets. From the German edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder, published 1574 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.


CartographerSebastian Münster
Title[Malta and Gozo]
Publisher, YearHeinrich Petri, Basle, 1574
Plate Size12.4 x 7.9 cm (4.9 x 3.1 inches)
Sheet Size33.5 x 21.0 cm (13.2 x 8.3 inches)


A very good copy.


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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Early woodcut map of Malta and Gozo. Published by Heinrich Petri in Basel in 1574.

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