Auction 170, Lot 552

"Neuw Griechenlandt mit Andern Anstossenden Landern/ wie es zu Unsern Zeiten Beschriben ist", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Greece & Western Turkey

Period: 1572 (published)

Publication: Cosmographey Oder Beschreibung Aller Lander

Color: Black & White

13.4 x 9.9 inches
34 x 25.1 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.

An early double-page woodblock map of Greece, the Aegean Sea and western Turkey, focused on the Dardanelles (Hellespont), which separates Europe from Asia. It locates Athens, Constantinople, Arcadia, Crete, Rhodes, Bursa (Byrsa), and more, extending to show part of the Black Sea. Troy (Troia) is on the coast near Lesbos Island. Major rivers are named and mountains are shown in typical Ptolemaic fashion. Title panel on verso is surrounded by a birds-eye city view.

References: cf. Zacharakis #1581.

Condition: A

Very strong impression on thick paper with full margins. Just a hint of toning along the centerfold, with some minor stitch holes along the centerfold as well.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/14/2018