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MÜNSTER, Sebastian. - Ptolemaisch General Tafel / begreiffend die halbe Kugel der Welt. [World map after Ptolemy]
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Ptolemaisch General Tafel / begreiffend die halbe Kugel der Welt. [World map after Ptolemy] - MÜNSTER, Sebastian.
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Title : Ptolemaisch General Tafel / begreiffend die halbe Kugel der Welt. [World map after Ptolemy].
Map maker : MÜNSTER, Sebastian..
Date : Basel, 1550 ca.
Size : 10.2 x 13.4 inches. / 26.0 x 34.0 cm.
Colouring : Coloured.
Description :A nice full colour example of Munster's first ancient map of the World, based upon the writings of Ptolemy.
At the advent of printing in the 15th century, the geographical works of Ptolemy were at their highpoint. Virtually all of the printed maps in the late 15th and early 16th centuries were based with varying degrees of accuracy on his works.
By the middle of the 16th century, contemporary cartography was moving on to more modern depictions of the world and its regions, but the teachings of Ptolemy were sufficiently important that they were incorporated into most general cartographic works for at least another 100 years.
This map by Munster features 12 wind-heads and other classic pre-Columbian beliefs about the known World. Date of the first edition: 1540; Date of this map: 1550's.
Condition : Wood block print with letterpress. Generally in good condition, some soiling to the margins, some text showing through from verso.
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