Catalog Archive
Auction 115, Lot 51

"[Monsters] Monstra marina & terrestria, quae passim in partibus aqualonis inueniuntur", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1550 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia

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.


Condition: A

Very sharp impression and good quality paper with later color. Tiny binding holes in blank margin, as is common with this issue.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 6/21/2006