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Münster, Sebastian. - Das Erst General, inhaltend die beschreibung und den Circkel des gantzen Erdrichs und Möres.

Münster, Sebastian. - Das Erst General, inhaltend die beschreibung und den Circkel des gantzen Erdrichs und Möres.
Das Erst General, inhaltend die beschreibung und den Circkel des gantzen Erdrichs und Möres. - Münster, Sebastian.
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Title : Das Erst General, inhaltend die beschreibung und den Circkel des gantzen Erdrichs und Möres..
Map maker : Münster, Sebastian..
Date : Basel, 1578.
Size : 9.8 x 13.6 inches. / 25.0 x 34.5 cm.
Colouring : Coloured

Description :A beautiful oval full colour example of Sebastian Münster's new world map, from the "Cosmographia" of 1578. Relief is shown pictorially. The map is embellished with fierce sea monsters and a sailing war ship.
Surrounding the earth are billowing clouds and numerous wind gods reflecting the wind characteristics. North America retains its unusual shape almost bisected by water. The initials of the woodcutter, David Kandel (DK), can be identified in the lower left-hand corner.
His woodcut technique with its insertion of fine lettering is amazingly elegant, almost in the style of the copper engravings of Ortelius, Blaeu, or Hondius.
On verso we find the beautiful woodcut of what had been be the famous title page of the "Cosmographia" in earlier editions. This woodcut was designed and crafted by the famous Hans Holbein.

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 continents, America, Africa, Asia, and Europa, are also offeredin this auction.
Münster presented his world map juxtaposed to the Ptolemaic map of the world, reflecting the older knowledge of the world’s geography. This Ptolemaic world map is also offered in this auction.
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Condition : Good overall condition, with only some small imperfections. Good margins, strong and clear impression.


ID: 81422

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