Early impressively detailed bird's-eye view of Zurich from Sebastian Munster. From a German edition of his 'Cosmographia', printed from a wood block around 1600 in Basel. Extensive key at lower right, identifying several points of interest such as churches and markets.
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 town view of Zurich. Printed in Basle by Petri circa 1600.
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