"[Monsters] Norewunder und Seltzame thier wiedie un Mitnachtigen landern gefunden werden", Munster, Sebastian
Subject: Cartographic Curiosities
Period: 1550 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
13.5 x 10.2 inches
34.3 x 25.9 cm
One of the more fanciful cartographic curiosities and a unique view of Renaissance attitudes toward the unknown lands beyond the civilized world. This woodblock illustration presents a compendium of monsters as known in the sixteenth century. Across the top is a panel showing land-based creatures. But the majority of the "monsters" are ferocious sea creatures shown devouring hapless sailors and wrecking ships. German text on verso with key to the engraving.
Faint toning along fold, else very good with crisp impression and fresh color.