Early woodcut map of Scandinavia. Shows Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Scotland, Denmark with the North Sea and Baltic Sea. Sebastian Munster's second map of Scandinavia, based on the Carta Marina of Olaus Magnus. Title on verso surrounded by a beautiful woodcut border. From the German edition of Sebastian Munster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder, published 1574 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.
An untouched and not restored copy in excellent original condition. A wormhole in lower margin around centrefold. A very copy, hard to find in this condition.
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: Gemeine Beschreibung Aller Mitnachtigen Lander Schweden, Gothen, Nordwegien, Dennmarck &c..
Antique woodcut map of Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.
Scandinavia - Münster, Sebastian - Gemeine Beschreibung Aller Mitnachtigen...