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MÜNSTER,S. - [Sea monsters] Les monstres marins & terrestres..
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[Sea monsters] Les monstres marins & terrestres.. - MÜNSTER,S.
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Title : [Sea monsters] Les monstres marins & terrestres...
Map maker : MÜNSTER,S..
Date : Basle 1544.
Size : 9.8 x 13.8 inches. / 25.0 x 35.0 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.
Description :Münster's plate of monsters of both land and sea, taken from Olaus Magnus' 'Carta Marina' of 1539, with abundant tusks, horns and twin-spouts. One vignette shows a galleon trying to outrun one monster by throwing their cargo overboard, while one sailor takes sight with a musket. Across the top is a panel showing land-based creatures.
One of the more fanciful cartographic curiosities and a unique view of Renaissance attitudes toward the 'unknown' lands beyond the civilized world.
Ortelius also adapted many of the monsters for use on his map of Iceland in 1587.
From Cosmographia Universalis. An exciting print. ¤
Condition : Wood block print with letter press. Paper browned as usual. In original colours with later colour additions.
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