Catalog Archive
Auction 100, Lot 52

"[Monsters] Norewunder und Seltzame thier wiedie un Mitnachtigen landern gefunden werden", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Cartographic Curiosities

Period: 1550 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

13.5 x 10.2 inches
34.3 x 25.9 cm
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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.


Condition: B

Faint toning along fold, else very good with crisp impression and fresh color.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,100

Sold for: $750

Closed on 9/12/2002