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Auction 182, Lot 540

"Die Statt Siemern mit Aller Ihrer Gelegenheit/ wie sie zu Unsern Zeiten im Wesen Steht...", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Simmern, Germany

Period: 1588 (published)

Publication: Cosmographey Oder Beschreibung Aller Lander...

Color: Hand Color

15.4 x 9.6 inches
39.1 x 24.4 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.

This handsome woodblock view depicts the German town of Simmern. It shows the fortified town with the Simmerbach River flowing in the foreground and rolling hills in the background. The House of Palatinate-Simmern is prominently depicted at right. The coat of arms and a key identifying some key locations appear at top. German text on verso.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MUN-1l #113.

Condition: A

There is a printer's crease at right and minor soiling that is almost entirely confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 4/28/2021