Description nouvelle d'Europe.
Selling price: $1550
Sold in 2010
Sebastian Münster (Ingelheim, c.1489-1552, Basel), originally a Franciscan friar, became a Protestant and taught theology and Hebrew at Heidelberg and, from 1529, at Basel. In 1534-5 he edited the first complete version of the Hebrew Bible (2 vols.) to appear by a German scholar.
Munster's Geographia (first published in 1540) and his later Cosmographia, were cartographic landmarks. The Geographia included not only Ptolemaic maps, but also a number of landmark modern maps, including the first separate maps of the four continents, the first map of England and the earliest obtainable map of Scandinavia. The Cosmographia was first published in 1544 and about 40 editions of the Cosmographia appeared between 1544 and 1628.
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