Auction 137, Lot 77

"[Monsters] Monstra marina & terrestria, quae passim in partibus aqualonis inueniuntur", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1550 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

13.5 x 10 inches
34.3 x 25.4 cm

One of the more fanciful cartographic curiosities that defines a unique view of Renaissance attitudes toward the unknown lands beyond the civilized world. This woodblock illustration presents a compendium of monsters as known 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. Latin text on verso.

References: Manasek, p. 118.

Condition: A

This is a sharp, early impression, which is unusual for this plate. Small tear in left-hand blank margin closed on verso with paper.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $900

Closed on 9/14/2011