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Auction 101, Lot 12

"Typus Orbis Universalis", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: World

Period: 1550 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

15 x 10.2 inches
38.1 x 25.9 cm
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Second state of this famous early, woodblock, map of the "modern" world. Oval projection surrounded by clouds and windheads with the title above the map. The continents are shown in rough outline only. North America is shown with the large cleft nearly separating the east coast from the continent, often referred to as the "Sea of Verazano." What appears to be a large Northwest Passage stretches towards Asia. South America has a very strange shape as well. In Africa, the Nile is prominently shown with its twin sources beginning in a range of southern mountains. The mythical islands of Grisonum and Calensuan are placed in the proximity of Australia, where there is also the label Mare Pacificum. A sailing ship and several fierce sea monsters occupy the oceans. Initials of the engraver David Kandel in lower left-hand corner and Latin title on verso.

References: Shirley #92.

Condition: B

Overall even toning with a tiny tear in bottom margin and some spotting on verso. Close margin at right (just to neatline at bottom), as issued.

Estimate: $2,400 - $2,750

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 12/4/2002