Ptolemaisch General Tafel, begreiffend die halbe Kugel der Weldt

Sebastian Münster (*1489 - 1552)
Ptolemaic woodcut world map by Sebastian Munster. Published by Heinrich Petri in Basel in 1550.

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Early Ptolemaic woodcut world map by Sebastian Münster. Surrounded by clouds and wind-heads. The title on verso is surrounded by a beautiful woodcut border. From the German edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmography, titled Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder, published 1550 by Heinrich Petri in Basel. The woodblock of this map was used first in Münster's Geographia Universalis in 1540.

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CartographerSebastian Münster
TitlePtolemaisch General Tafel, begreiffend die halbe Kugel der Weldt
Publisher, YearHeinrich Petri, Basle, 1540 (1550)
Plate Size26.0 x 34.0 cm (10.2 x 13.4 inches)
Sheet Size31.7 x 40.0 cm (12.5 x 15.7 inches)
ReferenceShirley, R. W.: The Mapping of the World, No. 76

Condition

Centrefold partly backed, slightly stained in margins. Very good condition with beautiful colours.

Cartographer

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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Ptolemaic woodcut world map by Sebastian Munster. Published by Heinrich Petri in Basel in 1550.

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