1561 – S. Munster – Mörewunder vnd seltzame thier
Title: “Mörewunder vnd seltzame thier /wie die in den Mitnächtigen lendern gefunden werden.”
Spectacular woodcut of mythical land with sea monsters and animals. The monsters first were engraved in the ‘Carta Marina’ of 1539 by Olaus Magnus and have been used by many mapmakers to illustrate their maps. Among the monsters are various forms of whales, huge lobsters, a sea serpent, the whale fish, a pig faced sea beast and the Sea Buffalo. The map also illustrates animals: reindeer, beavers, sables, bears, a wolverine, snakes and huge cat.
The woodcut comes from the German edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmography, titled “Cosmographei, oder beschreibung aller länder, herrschaften, fürnemsten stetten, geschichten, gebreüche[n],hantierungen etc. …”, published by Heinrich Petri in Basel, 1561.
Cartographer: Sebastian Munster (1488 – 1552)
Sheet size: 39,7 x 30,4 cm
Good condition. Small split in lower margin. Left and right upper corners with light water stain.
This is an original antique map published in 1561 and NOT a modern copy or reprint
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