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MÜNSTER, S. - Italia Mit Den Dreyen Furnempften Inseln / Corsica / Sardinia / und Sicilia

MÜNSTER, S. - Italia Mit Den Dreyen Furnempften Inseln / Corsica / Sardinia / und Sicilia
Italia Mit Den Dreyen Furnempften Inseln / Corsica / Sardinia / und Sicilia - MÜNSTER, S.
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Title : Italia Mit Den Dreyen Furnempften Inseln / Corsica / Sardinia / und Sicilia.
Map maker : MÜNSTER, S..
Date : Basle, S.H. Petrie, 1588.
Size : 12.2 x 14.3 inches. / 31.0 x 36.2 cm.
Colouring : Coloured

Description :This charming wood block printed map of Italy, Corsica, Sicily and Sardinia was published in the 1588-edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia. Mountains, villages, churches and woods are attractively drawn pictorially. Fine calligraphic lettering and highly detailed engraving. A block-style title cartouche, two sea monsters and a detailed fishing boat decorate the map.

Basically, the 1588-maps are the second state of the maps published in the Cosmographia. After 1588, this map was only re-published in the German editions of the Cosmographia of 1592, 1598, 1614, and 1628, and is thus comparatively rare.

This is a map from Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographiae, the first detailed, scientific, and popular description of the world. Münster originally intended to describe only Germany, but gradually he widened his scope to encompass all of Europe, and even the world. The scientifically most valuable sections are those which deal with Germany and Central Europe. Münster received the assistance of more than one hundred and twenty collaborators, who provided him with the most up-to-date information relating to the towns and places described. By 1588 a new edition of the Cosmographia had become necessary after many new discoveries and explorations. All the maps were redrawn to bring them up to date.

Condition : Very good, small imperfections, mostly outside the printed area. Authentic appearance, clear impression, with margins as issued and minor toning. This woodcut map is printed on better quality paper than many other examples of this map. On verso centerfold strengthened with archival paper.

ID: 93861

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