ca .1550 – S. Munster – Africa mit Seinen Befundern Landern
Title: “Africa mit Seinen Befundern Landern/Theiren/ und Wunderbarlich en Dingen”
Small woodblock map of the Africa continent and page with descriptions about strange people and animals who lived there. It depicts the Nile’s origins in twin lakes located near the Motes Lunae. It excludes the Horn of Africa and the Cape of Good Hope, but many kingdoms of central and north Africa are shown. Münster was the first map-maker to make separate maps of each continent. This map is full of myths. The African coast had been explored but the rest was still a mystery. Münster had no facts to fill his map of Africa. Instead, he used ancient Roman sources. These spoke of dog-headed men, one-eyed people, and one-legged beings who shaded themselves with their huge, single foot. Map comes from the German edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmography, titled “Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder“, published ca. 1550 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.
Cartographer: Sebastian Munster (1488 – 1552)
Leaf size: 34,8 x 22,0 cm
Year: ca. 1550
Original condition, no restorations or repairs. Small losses in margin. Fer brownish spots.
This is a genuine antique map published in ca. 1550 and not a modern copy or reprint!