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MÜNSTER, S. - Das Erst General Inhaltend die Beschreibung und den Circkel des Gantzen Erdtrichs und Mores.
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Das Erst General Inhaltend die Beschreibung und den Circkel des Gantzen Erdtrichs und Mores. - MÜNSTER, S.
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Title : Das Erst General Inhaltend die Beschreibung und den Circkel des Gantzen Erdtrichs und Mores..
Map maker : MÜNSTER, S..
Date : Basle, ca 1560.
Size : 15.0 x 10.4 inches. / 38.1 x 26.5 cm.
Colouring : Coloured enhanced with silver.
Description :Sebastian Münster (1489 - 1552) is one of the most renowned cartographers of the sixteenth century, Mercator and Ortelius are considered at the same level. Munster's two main works, namely the 'Geographia' and 'Cosmographia Universalis' were among the most widely read books of the time and exerted a huge influence on the culture of the XVI century.
The Geographia can be considered as a prelude to Munster's major work, the Cosmographia Universalis. It was published in nearly 30 editions and in six languages between 1544 and 1578. It was then reissued, in a revised version, by Sebastian Petri, who published the Cosmographia from 1588 to 1628.
It is not only a geographical description of the known world, but also a historical and ethnographic encyclopedia ante litteram. It contained general and regional maps as well as city views with nearly 500 illustrations: one of the most popular pictorial works of the sixteen century!
The world map is in an oval projection. It is surrounded by clouds and wind heads. North America is depicted with a large cleft almost separating the east coast from the continent. South America has a very early shape as well. In Africa, the Nile is prominently shown, together with its two sources.
The mythical islands of Grisonum and Calensuan are depicted next to Australia, where there is also the label Mare Pacificum.
This is the second 'modern' world map to appear in Munster's Cosmographia, published between 1550 and 1578 (the initials of the engraver David Kandel in lower left-hand corner are added). This example is from a German edition. ¤
Condition : Marginal imperfections, small left and right margins, enlarged with old paper, else very good.
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