Auction 103, Lot 275

"Europa das ein Drittheil der Erden nach Gelegenheit unserer Zeit Beschrieben", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Europe

Period: 1578 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia Universalis

Color: Black & White

13.5 x 10 inches
34.3 x 25.4 cm

This is one of the earliest obtainable maps of the continent. It's unusual orientation, with north at the bottom of the sheet and the Mediterranean Sea at top, also makes it one of the most interesting maps of Europe. Mountains, forests, rivers and towns fill the land and in the Atlantic Ocean there is a large sailing ship. Sebastian Munster was the first to make individual maps of each continent, and this map is from that series. German text and lovely panel of woodblock illustrations on verso.

References: Potter, p. 98.

Condition: A

Damp stains in bottom margin, unobtrusively entering neatline.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400


Closed on 6/11/2003