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CA 1550 – S. Munster – Europa

Title:                     “Europa das ein Drittheil der Erden nach Gelegenheit unsern Zeiten​”​


One of the earliest printed maps of the European continent oriented to the south. Shows the continent from Constantinople and Greece to the east and Spain to the southwest. With Denmark, England, Scotland and Ireland to the bottom of the map. Decorated with a beautiful sailing ship. Letterpress title on top. A large woodcut border surrounds the title on verso.​

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. The woodblock of this map was used first in Münster’s Geographia Universalis in 1540.

Cartographer:      Sebastian Munster​ (1488 – 1552)
Sheet size:         40,1 x 27,7 cm
Year:                  ca 1550
Technique:           woodblock

Good condition. Centerfold reinforced, few separations restored. Paper with original watermark. Recto and verso with contemporary handwritten annotations. Narrow lower margin, few  brownish spots.

This is an original  antique map published ca 1550 and NOT a modern copy or reprint!

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