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Auction 180, Lot 470

"La Paincture de la Cite de Colmar & du Pais Circonuoisin, Tyree au Vif", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Colmar, France

Period: 1552 (published)

Publication: La Cosmographie Universelle...

Color: Black & White

13.6 x 9.2 inches
34.5 x 23.4 cm
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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.

Attractive bird's-eye plan of the Alsatian city of Colmar. This scene exemplifies the bold style of woodblock engraving with the huge cathedral and other church steeples dominating the city center, and forests, lush farmland and tiny villages filling the surrounding countryside. French text on verso.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MUN-1d #54.

Condition: A

A dark impression with a few faint spots and minor dampstains in the margins.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $70

Closed on 11/18/2020