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MÜNSTER,S. - [Moscovia].

MÜNSTER,S. -  [Moscovia].
[Moscovia]. - MÜNSTER,S.
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Title : [Moscovia]..
Map maker : MÜNSTER,S..
Date : Basle, ca. 1550.
Size : 6.9 x 6.3 inches. / 17.5 x 16.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured woodblock print.

Description :Wood cut map of Russia centered on Moscow and including the Ukraine and published in Münster's "Cosmography", this is from the German text edition from 1550 and is one of the first printed maps. Notice the bearded bull in the lower center of the map.

Sebastian Münster (1488 – 1552), was a famous German cartographer. cosmographer and scholar. He was born Mainz and in 1505 he entered the Franciscan order. Later he left the Franciscans for the Lutheran Church. He released a “Mappa Europae” (map of Europe) in 1536.
In 1540 he published a Latin edition of Ptolemy’s “Geographia” with illustrations. His work, the “Cosmographia” from 1544, was the earliest German description of the world.
The 1550 edition contains cities, portraits, and costumes. These editions, printed in Germany, are the most valued of the “Cosmographias”. The Cosmographia was one of the most successful and popular books of the 16th century. It was most important in reviving geography in 16th century Europe. He died at Basel of the plague in 1552.

Condition : In very good condition. Wood block printed map with German letter press. Size of sheet : 350 x 218mm.

ID: 36716

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