Sea Monsters

From the Middle Ages until the 17th century, sea monsters, marine beasts, dragons and strange creatures appeared on maps and charts. They indicate unexplored areas and made unknown oceans seem strange and threatening. These monsters served as decoration or referred to famous myths. Here you can find antique maps decorated with these fascinating and visually engaging sea monsters and unnatural creatures.
  • Hartmann Schedel:  [Armageddon, Apocalypse] Septima etas mundi

    Anton Koberger, Nuremberg, 1493

    The Apocalypse or Armageddon is one of the most sought-after woodcuts of the Book of Chronicles or Liber Chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel, also called Schedel's World History or Nuremberg...

    [Armageddon, Apocalypse] Septima etas mundi
    1493 - Hartmann Schedel
    12148

    Armageddon, Apocalypse from Liber Chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel printed 1493 in Nuremberg.

    2 400,00 €
  • Laurent Fries:  [Tab. Mo. Primae Partis Aphricae et Tabula Secunde partis Aphricae.]

    Johannes Grüninger, Strasbourg, 1525

    Early woodcut map of North Africa by Laurent Fries after Martin Waldseemüller. Shows the the northern and western part of the continent. This woodcut map comes from the 1525 Strasbourg edition of...

    [Tab. Mo. Primae Partis Aphricae et Tabula Secunde partis Aphricae.]
    1525 - Laurent Fries
    11887

    Antique woodcut map of North Africa. Printed in Strasbourg by Johannes Grüninger in 1525.

    1 500,00 €
  • Sebastian Münster:  Von den Inseln

    Heinrich Petri, Basle, 1550

    Early woodcut map of the Greek islands of Delos, Rhodes, Alone, Thera, Sicilia and Therasia. With two sailing ships and several sea monsters. From the German edition of Sebastian Münster's...

    Von den Inseln
    1550 - Sebastian Münster
    12588

    Antique woodcut map of Greece. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1550.

    150,00 €
  • Sebastian Münster:  Die Tafel gibt ein kleine anzeigung... / Von Jerusalem...

    Heinrich Petri, Basle, 1550

    Early woodcut map of the Holy Land with Cyprus. On the full page. From the German edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder , published 1550 by...

    Die Tafel gibt ein kleine anzeigung... / Von Jerusalem...
    1550 - Sebastian Münster
    12599

    Antique woodcut map of Cyprus, Israel. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1550.

    290,00 €
  • Sebastian Münster:  [Asia Minor]

    Heinrich Petri, Basle, 1550

    Early woodcut map of Turkey. On lower right with Cyprus. On the full sheet. From the German edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder ,...

    [Asia Minor]
    1550 - Sebastian Münster
    12603

    Antique woodcut map of Asia Minor. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1550.

    250,00 €
  • Abraham Ortelius:  Germania

    A. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1572-73

    Antique map of the central part of Europe by Abraham Ortelius. With the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, in the east parts of Poland and Hungary in the south to Venice. Below the...

    Germania
    1572 - Abraham Ortelius
    11853

    Coloured map of Germany. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1572.

    530,00 €
  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  Scotia - Descrittione dell'Isola di Scotia.

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Scotland. This finely-executed map shows Scotland with the Orkney Islands, Shetlands and the Hebrides. With two sailing ships, compass...

    Scotia - Descrittione dell'Isola di Scotia.
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12362

    Antique map of Scotland. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

    260,00 €
  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  Spagnuola - Spagnvola - Descrittione dell' Isola Spagnuola prima Isola scoperta dal Colombo

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Hispaniola. This finely-executed map shows the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, the second largest island of the Greater Antilles, where...

    Spagnuola - Spagnvola - Descrittione dell' Isola Spagnuola prima Isola...
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12363

    Antique map of Haiti, Hispaniola. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

    280,00 €
  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  S. Lorenzo - Descrittione dell'Isola di S. Lorenzo.

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Madagascar. This finely-executed map shows the island of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean with north to the left. With a compass rose, a...

    S. Lorenzo - Descrittione dell'Isola di S. Lorenzo.
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12365

    Antique map of Madagascar, S. Lorenzo. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

    250,00 €
  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  Cuba - Cvba - Descrittione dell' Isola Cuba, che dal Colombo

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Cuba. This finely-executed map shows the Caribbean island of Cuba with Jamaica and parts of Hispaniola. The Y de Lagartos shown north...

    Cuba - Cvba - Descrittione dell' Isola Cuba, che dal Colombo
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12366

    Antique map of Cuba, Jamaica, Cayman. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

    290,00 €
  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  Mondo Nuovo - Descrittione dell'Isola et Terra di di Santa Croce, ouero Mondo Nuovo.

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    The earliest obtainable map of North America. Printed in 1572.Rare first edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of North America. The earliest obtainable map of North America,...

    Mondo Nuovo - Descrittione dell'Isola et Terra di di Santa Croce, ouero...
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12371

    Antique map of North America. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

    1 900,00 €
  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  Corfu - Descrittione dell'Isola di Corfu.

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Corfu. This finely-executed map shows the Mediterranean island of Corfu oriented to the northeast. With a compass rose, a sailing ship,...

    Corfu - Descrittione dell'Isola di Corfu.
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12374

    Antique map of Corfu. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

    290,00 €
  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  Candia - Descrittione dell'Isola di Candia.

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Crete. This finely-executed map shows the Mediterranean island of Crete oriented to the north. With a compass rose, sailing ships, a...

    Candia - Descrittione dell'Isola di Candia.
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12375

    Antique map of Crete. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

    250,00 €
  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  Negroponte - Descrittione dell'Isola di Negroponte.

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Euboea (Negroponte). This finely-executed map shows the island of Euboea (Εύβοια) and the southeast of Greece with Athens, Chalcis and...

    Negroponte - Descrittione dell'Isola di Negroponte.
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12378

    Antique map of Euboea, Negroponte. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

    220,00 €
  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  Elba - Descrittione dell'Isola dell'Elba.

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Elba. This finely-executed map shows the Mediterranean island of Elba oriented to the north. With a compass rose, sailing ships, a...

    Elba - Descrittione dell'Isola dell'Elba.
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12380

    Antique map of Elba. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

    220,00 €
  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  Inghilterra - Descrittione dell'Isola d'Inghilterra.

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of the British Isles. This finely-executed map shows England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland oriented with west on top. With a compass rose,...

    Inghilterra - Descrittione dell'Isola d'Inghilterra.
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12382

    Antique map of the British Isles. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

    260,00 €
  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  Sardegna - Descrittione dell'Isola di Sardigna.

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Sardinia (Sardegna). This finely-executed map shows the Mediterranean island of Sardinia oriented to the west. With a compass rose, a...

    Sardegna - Descrittione dell'Isola di Sardigna.
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12385

    Antique map of Sardinia, Sardegna. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

    280,00 €
  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  Corsica - Descrittione dell'Isola di Corsica.

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Corsica (Corse). This finely-executed map shows the Mediterranean island of Corsica oriented to the west. With a compass rose, a...

    Corsica - Descrittione dell'Isola di Corsica.
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12387

    Antique map of Corsica, Corse. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

    320,00 €
  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  Rhodi - Descrittione dell'Isola di Rhodi.

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Rhodes (Ρόδος). This finely-executed map shows the Mediterranean island of Rhodes oriented to the west. With a compass rose, a...

    Rhodi - Descrittione dell'Isola di Rhodi.
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12388

    Antique map of Rhodes. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

    220,00 €
  • Sebastian Münster:  [Griechenland nach seinen Land-Schafften und eigenschafften.]

    Heinrich Petri, Basle, 1574

    Early, attractive woodcut map of Greece. From the German edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder , published 1574 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.

    [Griechenland nach seinen Land-Schafften und eigenschafften.]
    1574 - Sebastian Münster
    11316

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

    200,00 €
  • Sebastian Münster:  [Die Tafel gibt ein klein anzeigung...]

    Heinrich Petri, Basle, 1574

    Early, attractive woodcut map of the Holy Land with Cyprus. On the full page. From the German edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder ,...

    [Die Tafel gibt ein klein anzeigung...]
    1574 - Sebastian Münster
    11319

    Antique woodcut map of Cyprus, Israel. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.

    290,00 €
  • Sebastian Münster:  Beschreibung des Lands Pomern, sampt allen Hertzogthumben, Graueschafften und fürnemmen Stetten...

    Heinrich Petri, Basle, 1574

    Early woodcut map of the Pomerania by Sebastian Munster. Showing the coastal line of the Baltic Sea from Rügen, Usedom to Danzig (Gdansk). With nine coat of arms on top. From the German edition of...

    Beschreibung des Lands Pomern, sampt allen Hertzogthumben,...
    1574 - Sebastian Münster
    11370

    Antique woodcut map of Rugen, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.

    200,00 €
  • Sebastian Münster:  Von der Insel Corsica

    Heinrich Petri, Basle, 1574

    Small, early woodcut map of Corsica by Sebastian Münster. On the full text sheet. From the German edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder ,...

    Von der Insel Corsica
    1574 - Sebastian Münster
    11387

    Antique woodcut map of Corse, Corsica. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.

    190,00 €
  • Sebastian Münster:  Das erst General, inhaltend die beschreibung und den Circkel des gantzen Erderichs und Möre

    Heinrich Petri, Basle, 1574

    16th Century Woodcut Map of the World.Early woodcut world map by Sebastian Münster. This 'modern' map of the world is an oval projection with a vigorous surround of clouds and lusty...

    Das erst General, inhaltend die beschreibung und den Circkel des gantzen...
    1574 - Sebastian Münster
    11687

    16th century woodcut map of the world. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.

    2 900,00 €
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