"[Monsters] Monstra marina & terrestria, quae passim in partibus aqualonis inueniuntur", Munster, Sebastian
Subject: Cartographic Miscellany
Period: 1550 (circa)
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.
This is a sharp, early impression, which is unusual for this plate. Small tear in left-hand blank margin closed on verso with paper.