Auction 119, Lot 640

"La Description de Boheme selon ses plus Nobles Citez, Villes & Bourgades", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Czech Republic

Period: 1560 (circa)

Publication: La Cosmographie Universelle

Color: Hand Color

14 x 10.5 inches
35.6 x 26.7 cm

This early woodcut map of today's Czech Republic centers on Prague with the mountainous region graphically depicted. The map is oriented with south at the top where the road to Vienna is shown. The key to the symbols used to distinguish the cities and towns is curiously blank, but each town is marked with a combination of symbols, indicating that it is either controlled by the Bohemian monarchy or the Turks, and also whether it is Hussite or Catholic.


Condition: A

Tissue repairs on the folds affecting only the blank margins. Professional repair of tiny wormtrack at top of map.

Estimate: $400 - $450


Closed on 5/9/2007