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Sebastian Munster (1489 - 1552) was one of the three most renowned cartographers of the sixteenth century, along with Mercator and Ortelius. Munster's Geographia and Cosmographia Universalis were two of the most widely read and influential books of the period. His editions of Ptolemy's Geographia, published between 1540 and 1552, were illustrated with 48 woodcut maps, the standard 27 Ptolemaic maps supplemented by 21 new maps. These new maps included a separate map of each of the known continents and marked the development of regional cartography in Central Europe. The antique geography was a prelude to Munster's major work, the Cosmographia, which was published in nearly 30 editions in six languages between 1544 and 1578 and then was revised and reissued by Sebastian Petri from 1588 to 1628. The Cosmographia was a geographical as well as historical and ethnographic description of the world. It contained the maps from the Geographia plus additional regional maps and city views with nearly 500 illustrations which made it one of the most popular pictorial encyclopedias of the sixteen century.

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Lot 427
By: Sebastian Munster
Subject: Britain
Date: 1552 (published)

Publication: La Cosmographie Universelle…

Condition Code: A

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Color: hand color

Size: 5.3 x 3.1 inches
         13.5 x 7.9 cm

    Simple yet evocative miniature woodblock Ptolemaic map showing a broad outline of the British Isles with no detail other than the location of the cities of Edinburgh and Dover. Wales is depicted as a narrow-necked peninsula and Scotland veers to the east in Ptolemaic fashion. On a full sheet of French text measuring 8.1 x 12.3".

Condition Description: A sharp impression with light, marginal soiling.

Ref: Shirley (BI to 1650) #51; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MUN-1d #17.

$110.00 - $140.00

Sold for: $130.00

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