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Auction 162, Lot 530

"Le Pourtraict de la Ville de Basle Selon la Vraye Situation d'Icelle, Ainsi qu'elle a Este l'An 1549", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Basel, Switzerland

Period: 1552 (published)

Publication: La Cosmographie Universelle…

Color: Hand Color

13.9 x 10.2 inches
35.3 x 25.9 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.

Double-page wood block bird's-eye view of the fortified city of Basel. Filled with details down to individual streets and buildings, bridges, towers and churches. Legend locates 29 buildings. City crest at top center. On verso is French text and a miniature bird's-eye view of Basel.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MUN-1d #50.

Condition: A

A clean and bright example with one small hole in the bottom blank margin along the centerfold and red-lined edges.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $200

Closed on 4/26/2017