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Auction 132, Lot 16

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

Subject: World

Period: 1590 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Black & White

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 that were published by his son-in-law, Henricus Petri. 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: C+

There are some light spots and soil and the lower border has been trimmed for a previous binding. The top centerfold is separated in the blank margin.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $500

Closed on 6/2/2010