Helvetiae moderna descriptio

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

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Early woodcut map showing Switzerland, South Germany and the Lake Constance. From a Latin edition of Cosmographia from Sebastian Munster, published around 1550.


CartographerSebastian Münster
TitleHelvetiae moderna descriptio
Publisher, YearBasle, circa 1550
Plate Size26.7 x 34.0 cm (10.5 x 13.4 inches)
Sheet Size31.8 x 41.0 cm (12.5 x 16.1 inches)


Two small wormholes close to centrefold back. Very good conditions.


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 Switzerland. Printed in Basle circa 1550.

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