1578 – S. Munster – Africa Libya Morenlandt
Title: “Africa / Libya / Mörenlandt / mit allen Königreichen / so zu unsern zeiten darin gefunden werden.”
A decorative Munster’s map of Africa, the first map of the African Continent. The map features a galleon, mountains, rivers, assorted kings crowns, denoting various kingdoms, an elephant, and a one eyed giant that is said to represent the mythical tribe of the “Monoculi”.
The large box of text contains a guide to sailing from Cadiz in Spain to Calicut in India. This is one of the first modern maps of the whole continent. Its geography, with large rivers and convoluted mountains, is taken from Portuguese and Arabic sources.
On verso the title is embedded in exquisite border decorations which are designed and crafted by the famous Hans Holbein. Map comes from the German edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmography, titled “Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder“, published 1578 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.
Cartographer: Sebastian Munster (1488 – 1552)
Leaf size: 29,8 x 40,2 cm
Very good condition! Strong print on watermarked paper. A couple wormholes are preset. Toned.
This is a genuine antique map published in 1578 and not a modern copy or reprint!