Auction 113, Lot 379

"Moderna Discrizzione Dell' Europa", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Europe

Period: 1550 (circa)


Color: Black & White

13.3 x 10 inches
33.8 x 25.4 cm

This is one of the earliest obtainable maps of the European 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. The map was issued in both Munster's Geographia and Cosmographia. Italian text on verso.

References: Manasek #13; Potter p. 98.

Condition: B

Small worm track professionally filled at center with one tiny line of facsimile. Binding holes in margins, not affection map.

Estimate: $800 - $900

Sold for: $700

Closed on 12/7/2005