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Auction 195, Lot 585


"Die Erst Tafel / Innhaltend das Schweytzerlandt / mit den Anstossenden Landern", Munster/Petri

Subject: Switzerland

Period: 1628 (published)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

14.1 x 12.1 inches
35.8 x 30.7 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.

Early woodblock map of Switzerland graphically depicting the mountainous terrain, rivers, and lakes. Large castle symbols locate the major cities. German text on verso.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #159-8; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MUN-1o #8.

Condition: A

A nice impression on a sheet with a coat of arms watermark. There are a few small wormtracks at bottom that have been infilled with archival materials, a soft crease at top left, and archival repairs to the centerfold in the margins.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $80

Closed on 11/15/2023