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MÜNSTER, S. - [Europe in the shape of a Queen.]

MÜNSTER, S. - [Europe in the shape of a Queen.]
[Europe in the shape of a Queen.] - MÜNSTER, S.
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Title : [Europe in the shape of a Queen.].
Map maker : MÜNSTER, S..
Date : Basle, c1578.
Size : 10.0 x 6.3 inches. / 25.5 x 16.0 cm.
Colouring : Coloured.

Description :From 'Cosmographia, das ist: Beschreibung der Gantzen Welt,...'; German edition.
wood engraving; overall size 34 x 21 cm. On verso: German text with high-lightened capitals.
Münster's Cosmographia is the earliest German description of the world with numerous editions in different languages; the last German edition was published in 1628, long after his death. - The Cosmographia was one of the most important and successful books in the 16th century, with numerous single and double paged maps and topographical views as well as engravings of costumes, personages, animals, flowers and mythical beasts.
Munster's maps are a staple edition to any map collection!

This map of Europe is one of those very sought after rare map curiosities: Europe is depicted as Queen with Spain as the head, France being the torso, Italy and Germany are the arms, Sicily the orb, Eastern Europe and Balkan making up the skirt and the banner around the scepter is GB.
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Condition : Paper thin, evenly browned, in places stained, thumbed, occ. foxed; edges slightly frayed with some tiny marginal tears not affecting image.
One small marginal hole; lower margin some paper impurity but not obvious; otherwise very good condition.

ID: 94509

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