Early woodcut map of Switzerland by Sebastian Münster. Showing the German-speaking part of Switzerland with adjacent countries, Baden, Upper Swabia, Black Forest, Breisgau, Alsace, Vorarlberg. The course of the Rhine with the Alpine Rhine, High Rhine and Upper Rhine from the mouth through the Lake Constance via Basel, Freiburg to Rheinau. With Zurich, St. Gallen, Chur, Lucerne and Bern. The title on verso is surrounded by a beautiful woodcut border. From the German edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder, published 1550 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.
Centrefold partly backed, minor staining.
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: Die Eydtgnoschafft oder Schwitzerland, mit den anstossenden Lendern.
Antique woodcut map of Switzerland. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1550.
Switzerland - Münster, Sebastian - Die Eydtgnoschafft oder Schwitzerland, mit...