"Italie Beschreibung nach Aller Seiner Gelegenheit... [on verso] [Untitled - Map of Northern Italy]", Munster, Sebastian
Period: 1578 (published)
Color: Black & White
5.3 x 3 inches
13.5 x 7.6 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 full sheet (8.6 x 13.5") of German text contains two maps of Italy. On the recto there is a small (5.3 x 3") map of the entire country (except Sicily) with the major cities of Milan, Venice, Genoa, Rome, and Naples. On verso is an uncolored map (5.1 x 6.4") covering northern Italy with Corsica. This map is oriented with north at bottom.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MUN-1k #56 & 57.
A dark impression on a lightly toned sheet with a damp stain at top that just enters the map image on verso.