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MÜNSTER, S. - Europae Tabula

MÜNSTER, S. - Europae Tabula
Europae Tabula - MÜNSTER, S.
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Title : Europae Tabula.
Map maker : MÜNSTER, S..
Date : Basle, 1540.
Size : 10.2 x 13.4 inches. / 26.0 x 34.0 cm.
Colouring : Coloured.

Description :At the time Sebastian Münster published this map, it was not yet conventional to locate the North at the top of the map. Münster‘s orientation to the South was taken from Erhard Etzlaub’s road map of Europe. Those 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 map was published in the 1540-edition of Sebastian Münster’s Geographia Universalis, with the cloverleaf in the letter press title pointing right. It was in this edition that the map appeared first. Münster was also the first to introduce a separate map for each of the four then known continents.

Condition : Small imperfections, mostly outside the printed area. Clear impression 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: 94355

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