Woodcut of a historical scene. Cannibalism. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.

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Early depiction of cannibalism in Southeast Asia. Verso a view of Pego. Transcription of the text to the right of the woodcut:

In etlichen Stetten dieser Inseln frißt man Menschenfleisch, besond wan d'mensch alt wirt, und nit mehr arbweiten mag, od' so er jung ist, und in ein verzweifflet Krankheit falt, laßt ma ihn nicht selbs sterben, sonder schlecht ihn zeitlich zu todt, koche und frißt ihn.

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


CartographerSebastian Münster
TitleVon der Insel Giava
Publisher, YearHeinrich Petri, Basle, 1574
Plate Size6.5 x 6.5 cm (2.6 x 2.6 inches)
Sheet Size33.5 x 21.0 cm (13.2 x 8.3 inches)


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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Woodcut of a historical scene. Cannibalism. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.

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