"[Monsters] Monstra marina & terrestria, quae passim in partibus aqualonis inueniuntur", Munster, Sebastian
Subject: Cartographic Miscellany
Period: 1550 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
13.5 x 10 inches
34.3 x 25.4 cm
One of the more fanciful cartographic curiosities that defines 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. Latin text on verso with partial key to the engraving.
Very sharp impression and good quality paper with later color. Tiny binding holes in blank margin, as is common with this issue.