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Auction 156, Lot 555

"[Untitled - Istria]", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Istria

Period: 1552 (published)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

6.2 x 5.7 inches
15.7 x 14.5 cm
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Sebastian Munster (1489 - 1552) was one of the three most renowned cartographers of the sixteenth century, along with Mercator and Ortelius. Munster's Geographia and Cosmographia Universalis were two of the most widely read and influential books of the period. His editions of Ptolemy's Geographia, published between 1540 and 1552, were illustrated with 48 woodcut maps, the standard 27 Ptolemaic maps supplemented by 21 new maps. These new maps included a separate map of each of the known continents and marked the development of regional cartography in Central Europe. The antique geography was a prelude to Munster's major work, the Cosmographia, which was published in nearly 30 editions in six languages between 1544 and 1578 and then was revised and reissued by Sebastian Petri from 1588 to 1628. The Cosmographia was a geographical as well as historical and ethnographic description of the world. It contained the maps from the Geographia plus additional regional maps and city views with nearly 500 illustrations which made it one of the most popular pictorial encyclopedias of the sixteen century.

Woodblock map of Istria, in present-day Croatia, which at the time was a part of the Republic of Venice. The map is filled with mountains and forests and the icons of major cities. On a full sheet (7.9 x 12.4") with French text below and on verso.


Condition: B+

Nice impression and color with several old manuscript notations in image and right margin.

Estimate: $80 - $95

Sold for: $60

Closed on 2/17/2016