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Publisher: MÜNSTER, S.
Title: Novae Insulae XXVI Nova Tabula (America)
Published: Basel, Heinrich Petri, 1545

Size: 10.2 x 13.2 inches.
26.0 x 33.6 cm.
Colouring: Uncoloured.
Condition:  Woodblock map with letterpress on verso. Paper with usual age-toning. Very good throughout. Paper size 300 x 380mm.
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Rare second state of Münster's map of America which is the earliest map to show both continents of America and the first to use Magellan’s name, Mare Pacificum (Pacific Ocean). Magellan’s galleon, Victoria, is shown near the Straits of Magellan.
The map also marks the first appearance of Japan (named Zipangri) on a map, before European contact – it was based on the legends of early explorers such as Marco Polo.

The first state of the map was issued in the 1540 and 1542 editions of Münster's Geographia. In 1545, the title was changed to from "Novae Insulae XVII. . ." to "Novae Insulae XXVI . . ." Appeared in only one edition, and is perhaps the rarest of all editions of the map.

The Geographia was a new and important edition of Ptolemy, with redesigned maps and the text revised by Münster based on the Willibald Pirckheimer Latin translation with corrections of 1535 by Servetus

On verso a decorative woodcut border who were probably cut by the famous 16th century woodcutter Hans Holbein.
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The Geographia was landmark work which contained, along with the Ptolemaic maps, several of the most significant modern maps in the history of cartography.

Sebastian Münster (1448-1552) was a mathematician, geographer and professor at Basel University. He also compiled a highly influential encyclopedic work entitled Cosmographia universalis, which first appeared in 1544 and contained forty-eight woodcut maps. He was among the first editors of a published geographical text to quote or acknowledge his sources and authorities.

Now-a-days difficult to find in original untouched condition, as most examples on the market have modern colour.

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