1628 – S. Munster – Warhaffte abcontrafehtung


Title:                     “Warhaffte abcontrafehtung der machtigen und vesten Statt Alkair”​


Bird’s-eye view of the Egyptian capital Cairo with an eastern orientation. The Nile river can be seen in the lower half with ships, boats and crocodiles. Outside the city walls there are other ancient monuments and  several pyramids at the bottom right. There are scenes of people trading, facing off for battle and traveling along the city’s perimeter. Verso a German text on Kairo with two small text woodcuts (the bull god Apis and another view of the city).

Map comes from the German edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmography, titled “Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder, Herrschafften, fürnemmsten Stetten, geschichten, gebreüchen, handtierungen &c.”, published in 1628 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.

Cartographer:      Sebastian Munster​ (1488 – 1552)
Sheet size:             39,7 x 30,8 cm
Year:                        1628
Technique:            woodblock

Good condition. Brownish paper. Narrow lower margin (with some text loss on verso).

This is an original antique map published in 1628 and NOT a modern copy or reprint


On your request I will provide a Certificate of Authenticity

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