Auction 160, Lot 615

One of the Earliest Obtainable Views of Rome

"La Situation de la Ville de Rome, Comme Elle est Ceste Annee 1549", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Rome, Italy

Period: 1552 (published)

Publication: La Cosmographie Universelle…

Color: Hand Color

14.2 x 9.5 inches
36.1 x 24.1 cm

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.

This is a great early plan view of 16th century Rome and the Vatican City. Monuments of the ancient city, such as the Coliseum, the Pantheon and the aqueducts are also shown. A lettered key below the view identifies numerous locations. French text on verso with an interesting illustration of three naked witches.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MUN-1d #30.

Condition: B+

Light soiling with a stain at top right and a few tiny chips and tears along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 11/16/2016