"Das Heilig Landt mit Ausztheilung der Zwoelff Geschlechter", Munster, Sebastian
Subject: Holy Land
Period: 1592 (published)
Publication: Cosmographey oder Beschreibung Aller Länder…
Color: Black & White
14.3 x 12.1 inches
36.3 x 30.7 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.
Classic woodblock map of the region showing numerous towns along the fertile coast and mountains, rivers and lakes. Although the title mentions the 12 tribes, they are not shown on the map itself. Flourishing calligraphy fills much of the empty space on the map, as is characteristic of the Petri editions. The cartography is after Ortelius. Title is engraved at top, outside the neatline. Two text blocks within the map provide descriptions of Judea and Jordan. Additional German title and woodblock engraving on verso.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MUN-1m.
A nice impression on a sheet with wider margins than typically found with Munster maps. There is faint foxing and some show-through of title and engraving on verso.