Catalog Archive

Auction 125, Lot 18

"Die Erst General Tafel, Die Beschreibung und den Circkel des Gantzen Erdtrichs und Meers Innhaltende", Munster/Petri

Subject: World

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

14.3 x 12 inches
36.3 x 30.5 cm

This oval woodcut world map appeared in the later editions of Munster's Cosmographia. The map of the "modern" world is based on Ortelius' map of 1570. It is surrounded by a floral and vine leaf pattern and two strapwork cartouches containing German text. The gothic German title is in the upper margin. Interesting cartographic features of the map include a huge southern continent and a Northern Passage (both Northwest and Northeast) to Asia. German text and illustration on verso.

References: Shirley #163.

Condition: B+

There is some professional paper restoration in the blank margins, which are lightly soiled. Minor show-through of the text on verso.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900


Closed on 9/24/2008