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Auction 125, Lot 16

"Typus Orbis Universalis", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: World

Period: 1550 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

15 x 10.2 inches
38.1 x 25.9 cm

This is the second state of this famous early, woodblock map of the "modern" world. The oval projection is surrounded by clouds and wind heads with the title above the map. The continents are shown in rough outline only. North America is shown with a large waterway, often referred to as the "Sea of Verrazano," nearly separating the east coast from the continent. What appears to be a large Northwest Passage stretches towards Asia. South America has a very strange shape as well. In Africa, the Nile is prominently shown with its twin sources beginning in a range of southern mountains. The mythical islands of Grisonum and Calensuan are placed in the proximity of Australia, where there is also the label Mare Pacificum. A sailing ship and several fierce sea monsters occupy the oceans. Initials of the engraver David Kandel in lower left-hand corner and Latin title on verso.

References: Shirley #92.

Condition: B

Some uneven toning, most evident on the verso.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 9/24/2008