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Auction 95, Lot 44

"[Monsters] Les Monstres marins & terrestres, lesquelz on trouve en beacoup de lieux es parties septentrionales", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Miscellany

Period: 1550 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia Universalis

Color: Black & White

13.5 x 10.5 inches
34.3 x 26.7 cm
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One of the more fanciful cartographic curiosities and a unique view of Renaissance attitudes toward the 'unknown' lands beyond the civilized world. This woodblock illustration presents a compendium of monsters as known in the sixteenth century. Across the top is a panel showing land-based creatures. But the majority of the 'monsters' are ferocious sea creatures shown devouring hapless sailors and wrecking ships.


Condition: B

Minor light foxing and some separation at centerfold caused by binding strip. Overall a nice impression of this desirable sheet.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

Sold for: $750

Closed on 6/13/2001