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Münster, Sebastian. - Ptolemaisch general tafel, begreiffend die halbe Kugel der Welt.

Münster, Sebastian. - Ptolemaisch general tafel, begreiffend die halbe Kugel der Welt.
Ptolemaisch general tafel, begreiffend die halbe Kugel der Welt. - Münster, Sebastian.
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Title : Ptolemaisch general tafel, begreiffend die halbe Kugel der Welt..
Map maker : Münster, Sebastian..
Date : Basel, 1578.
Size : 9.8 x 13.6 inches. / 25.0 x 34.5 cm.
Colouring : Coloured

Description :A lovely full colour example Sebastian Münster's Ptolemaic world map, from the "Cosmographia" of 1578. Relief is shown pictorially.
The Ptolemaic map shows the known world before Columbus' discovery of America, and before the rounding of the Cape of Good Hope in Africa by the Portuguese.
Surrounding the earth are billowing clouds and numerous wind gods. Another Latin title on verso. The woodcut technique with its insertion of fine lettering is amazingly elegantly engraved.
On verso the title is embedded in the magnificent Tabula Cebetis, or the Journey of Human Life, designed by Hans Holbein, and cut by Hans Herman. This woodcut was originally developed by Holbein for the 'Erasmus-Froben' Bible in 1522.
The panel sets out the path living people must follow in order to achieve true character and destiny.

Sebastian Münster was the first to introduce a separate map for each of the four then known continents. The 1578 maps of the continents, America, Africa, Asia, and Europa, are also offered in this auction.
Münster also presented his own world map juxtaposed to the Ptolemaic map of the world, reflecting the older knowledge of the world’s geography. That modern 1578 World map is also offered in this auction.

Condition : Large margins, good impression with minor soil in margins.

ID: 81421

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