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Münster, Sebastian. - Europa, das ein Drittheil der Erden / nach gelegenheit unsern zeiten.

Münster, Sebastian. - Europa, das ein Drittheil der Erden / nach gelegenheit unsern zeiten.
Europa, das ein Drittheil der Erden / nach gelegenheit unsern zeiten. - Münster, Sebastian.
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Title : Europa, das ein Drittheil der Erden / nach gelegenheit unsern zeiten..
Map maker : Münster, Sebastian..
Date : Basel, 1578.
Size : 9.8 x 13.6 inches. / 25.0 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. After this edition, this particular map of Europe was never published again.
The verso is illustrated by the famous Hans Holbein with the full figures of Saints Peter (holding the keys to heaven) & Paul (holding a sword) and with the attributes of the four evangelists in the four corners (winged angel, eagle, lion, and ox).
It was originally designed by Holbein in 1522 to illustrate the title page for the newly translated and annotated German Luther Bible.

This charming map was published in the 1578-edition of Sebastian Münster’s "Cosmographia". Münster was the first to introduce a separate map for each of the four then known continents. The 1578 maps of the other continents, America, Africa, and Asia, are also offered in this auction.
In the "Cosmographia" Münster also presented his own world map juxtaposed to the Ptolemaic map of the world, reflecting the older knowledge of the world’s geography. These two 1578 World maps are also offered in this auction.

Condition : Very good, large margins, 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: 81419

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