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MÜNSTER, S. - Moderna Evropa descriptio.

MÜNSTER, S. - Moderna Evropa descriptio.
Moderna Evropa descriptio. - MÜNSTER, S.
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Title : Moderna Evropa descriptio..
Map maker : MÜNSTER, S..
Date : Basle, 1550.
Size : 10.0 x 13.6 inches. / 25.5 x 34.5 cm.
Colouring : Coloured.

Description :At the time Sebastian Münster published this map, it was not yet conventional to orient the North at the top. The uncommon orientation to the South for this map was derived by Münster from Erhard Etzlaub’s road map of Europe. Such road maps were developed for travellers on their pilgrimage to Rome and a southward orientation would help them find their way more easily. Münster’s important map is one of the first of the European continent as a whole. The map includes a sailing ship off the coast of Spain and France.
This charming map was published in the 1550-edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia. This edition is considered to be Münster’s Magnum Opus. Münster was the first to introduce a separate map for each of the four then known continents. The 1550-maps of the other continents, America, Africa and Asia, are also offered in this auction. After many new discoveries and explorations, by 1588 a new edition of the Cosmographia had become necessary. All the maps were recut to bring them up to date and the map of Europe in this later edition has the more conventional north-south orientation. The 1588-maps of the four continents are also offered in this auction.

Condition : Very good, small imperfections, mostly outside the printed area. Strong and clear impression. This woodcut map is printed on better quality paper than many other examples of this map.

ID: 93018

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