1552 – S. Munster – Valesiae Altera
Title: “Valesiae Altera et VII – Nova Tabula”
Very rare issue of one of the earliest printed maps of Switzerland and of the Canton of Valais, oriented with south at the top. It shows the central portion of the Valais, from Leuk to Saint-Maurice, cutting off the Upper Valais communes of Goms, Brig, Visp and Raron. The Matterhorn is prominently labelled Mons Silvius / Augstal berg. The Great St Bernard Pass is shown top right, the Gemmi Pass bottom left.
The map comes from Sebastian Münster & Claudius Ptolemy’s “Geographiae Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini, Philosophi ac Mathematici praestantissimi, Libri VIII… his accesserunt… tabulae novae… per Sebastianum Munsterum”, drawn by Johannes Schalbetter, published by Henricus Petri in Basel, 1552.
This work was considered one of the most influential cartographic accounts of the ancient world and served as inspiration for all Renaissance mapmakers.
Cartographer: Sebastian Munster (1488 – 1552)
Leaf size: 38,8 x 32,0 cm
Very good, original, condition.
This is an original antique map published in 1552 and NOT a modern copy or reprint
On your request we will provide a Certificate of Authenticity.