Catalog Archive
Auction 116, Lot 53

"[Monsters] Meerwunder und Seltzame Thier wie die in den Mitnachtigen Landern im Meer und auff dem Landtgefunden Werden", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1552 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia Universalis

Color: Hand Color

13.5 x 10 inches
34.3 x 25.4 cm
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This is one of the more fanciful cartographic curiosities and a unique view of Renaissance attitudes toward the unknown lands beyond the civilized world. This woodblock illustration presents a compendium of monsters thought to exist 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. German text on verso with several small woodcut illustrations of the Arctic.


Condition: B

Lovely old color and a good impression. Lightly toned, lighter along centerfold. Old repairs along centerfold that would benefit from replacement.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/20/2006