Helvetiae moderna descriptio

Sebastian Münster (*1489 - 1552)
Coloured woodcut map of Switzerland. Printed in Basle circa 1550.

More details

Reference 10084



Woodcut map showing Switzerland, South Germany and the Lake Constance. From a Latin edition of Cosmographia from Sebastian Munster.


CartographerSebastian Münster
TitleHelvetiae moderna descriptio
Publisher, YearBasle, circa 1550
Plate Size26.0 x 34.5 cm (10.2 x 13.6 inches)


Minor tear in left margin, two worm holes in lower margin, small hole in upper margin. Overall good 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.

Images to Download

If you like to download the image of this map with a resolution of 1200 pixels, please follow the link below.

You can use this image for publication on your personal or commercial websites for free if you set a link to this website. If you need photographs with a higher resolution, please contact us.

Sebastian Münster: Helvetiae moderna descriptio.
Coloured woodcut map of Switzerland. Printed in Basle circa 1550.

Switzerland - Münster, Sebastian - Helvetiae moderna descriptio

Accept We use cookies to optimize and continuously improve our website. By continuing to use this website, you agree to the use of cookies. Further information on cookies can be found in our Privacy Statement.