Antique woodcut map of Valais. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.

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Early woodcut map of the Valais in southern Switzerland. Showing the region at the river Rhone from the Furka Pass to St. Maurice. Small woodcut of an earthquake on verso. From the German edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder, published 1574 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.


CartographerSebastian Münster
TitleValesia / Wallisserland
Publisher, YearHeinrich Petri, Basle, 1574
Plate Size26.5 x 16.2 cm (10.4 x 6.4 inches)
Sheet Size33.5 x 21.3 cm (13.2 x 8.4 inches)


Minor staining. 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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Antique woodcut map of Valais. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.

Switzerland - Münster, Sebastian - Valesia / Wallisserland

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