"Figura del Mondo Universale", Munster, Sebastian
Subject: Ancient World
Period: 1550 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
13.4 x 10 inches
34 x 25.4 cm
Clouds and eight named wind heads surround Munster’s classic woodblock world map. The map displays the prevailing conception of world geography prior to the discovery of the New World with an enclosed Indian Ocean, large Taprobana (Ceylon), and multiple lake sources for the Nile. This is a later, Italian edition with the fine vertical crack line visible across the upper right portion of the map.
References: Shirley #76.
Later color. Backed with very light Japanese tissue to repair several small edge tears and a minor fold separation.