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Auction 193, Lot 478

"[Lot of 2] Namen der Gruben im Furtelbach... [and] [Silver Mining & Smelting]", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Eastern France, Mining

Period: 1556 (published)

Publication: Cosmographei oder Beschreibung Aller Lander...

Color: Black & White

6.1 x 8.6 inches
15.5 x 21.8 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 fascinating and early woodblock view names the mines in Alsace along the La Liepvrette River. Oriented with north to the right, the map shows the city of Liepvre and the Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg at bottom, with other small towns such as Minus Rumpach (Petit Rombach) further west. This is one of the first maps to show the location of mines. The view shows simplified topography with villages, castles, and even a gallows noted. German text on verso, along with a small engraving of metalworkers hammering away at their task. The lot includes a bifolium with 4 pages showing 6 additional vignettes of silver mining and smelting.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MUN-1f #53.

Condition: A

A nice impression with marginal soiling. The additional pages are in B+ condition with light foxing and soiling and a 1" edge tear in one of the vignettes that has been closed on verso with old paper.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $80

Closed on 6/21/2023