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Auction 91, Lot 15

"Typus Orbis Terrarum", Munster/Belleforest

Subject: World

Period: 1575 (published)

Publication: La Cosmographie Universelle

Color: Black & White

19.7 x 13.1 inches
50 x 33.3 cm

Scarce map from an edition of Sebastian Munster's "Cosmographia" which was translated into French and published by Francois de Belle-Forest. The map is a woodcut version of Ortelius's 1570 world map. The oval projection is surrounded by clouds with the title contained in a strapwork banner across the top. Where Ortelius included a quotation from Cicero in the banner at bottom, Belle-Forest replaced that with "Description universelle de tout le Monde". South America is shown with the bulge in the southwest coast, a huge southern continent spans the polar region, and the north polar region depicts a northern sea passage on the Mercator model. Issued with close margins and folding with the binder's instruction as a tab in the top left corner. Shirley lists this as scarce as the map was not republished after 1575. $5,000 RESERVE

References: Shirley #135.

Condition: A+

Very faint toning on fold, still fine.

Estimate: $6,000 - $7,000


Closed on 6/14/2000