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Auction 182, Lot 543

"Pomerania XIIII Nova Tabula", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Northwestern Poland & Northeastern Germany

Period: 1552 (published)

Publication: Geographiae Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini...

Color: Hand Color

15.8 x 11.1 inches
40.1 x 28.2 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 is a very interesting woodblock map of the historic region of Pomerania on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The map covers from Rugen (present-day Germany) to Hel (Poland). The interior features are pictorially presented with mountains, forests, rivers, marshes, and towns. Two sea monsters patrol the sea. Nine crests are above the map. It is surrounded by a latitude and longitude grid. Latin text on verso.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #215-42.

Condition: A

A crisp, early impression with minor scattered foxing, most of it confined to unengraved areas and the blank margins. Narrow side margins, as issued.

Estimate: $190 - $220

Sold for: $140

Closed on 4/28/2021