Auction 169, Lot 798


"Sebastian Munster - Eine Bibliographie mit 22 Abbildungen",

Subject: References

Period: 1964 (published)


Color: Black & White

6.8 x 9.4 inches
17.3 x 23.9 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.

This informative reference by Karl Heinz Burmeister provides detailed background on the various editions of Sebastian Munster's works. It is illustrated with more than 20 black & white reproductions of title pages. Text in German. Stiff card covers with illustrated paper wrappers. 143 pp.


Condition: A

Text and binding are fine. There is a small tear and a hint of soiling on the paper wrappers.

Estimate: $35 - $55

Sold for: $35

Closed on 9/12/2018