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  AMERICA 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [The first map of America as a continent]
Tabula novarum insularum, quas diversis respectibus Occidentales & Indianas vocant. Basle, Henri Petri, 1550. Latin edition. Woodcut, image size 270 x 340mm. Tiny paper repair on top margin, else excellent.
Munster's landmark map, the first to attempt to show America as a continent, yet demonstrating how little was known. On the map a narrow isthmus divides the Atlantic and Pacific in the region of the Carolinas, based on Verrazzano, and Yucatan is an island. The large island of Zipangri off the west coast is not California but Japan, based on the narrative of Marco Polo but a few years before any recorded visit to the islands by Europeans. The large vignette ship is the 'Victoria', the only survivor of Magellan's fleet of four. This is an example of the 5th state of 13, despite being published only ten years after the first issue. BURDEN: 12.
[Ref: 18709]    £4,650.00 ($5,994 • €5,268 rates)


MUNSTER, Sebastian. [The rare issue of Munster's America with longitude and latitude grids]
Novae Insula XXVI Nova Tabula. Basle: Henri Petri, 1552, Latin edition. Woodcut, sheet 300 x 385mm. Minor repairs at centre fold, otherwise an excellent example.
Munster's landmark map, the first to attempt to show America as a continent, yet demonstrating how little was known. On the map a narrow isthmus divides the Atlantic and Pacific in the region of the Carolinas, based on Verrazzano, and Yucatan is an island. The large island of Zipangri off the west coast is not California but Japan, based on the narrative of Marco Polo but a few years before any recorded visit to the islands by Europeans. The large vignette ship is the 'Victoria', the only survivor of Magellan's fleet of four. This is an example of the 6th state of 13, published in Munster's 'Geographia', the only printing with the longitude and latitude grid and the only dated edition (underneath Petri's colophon on the reverse), sixty years after Columbus's discovery of the New World. BURDEN: 12.
[Ref: 18761]    £7,000.00 ($9,023 • €7,931 rates)


MUNSTER, Sebastian. [The first map of the continent of America]
Die neüwen Inseln so hinder Hispanien gegen Orient bey dem land Indie ligen. Basle, 1572. German edition. Coloured woodcut, image size 270 x 340mm.
Munster's landmark map of the Americas, the first to attempt to show America as a continent, yet demonstrating how little was known. First published in 1540, it shows a narrow isthmus dividing the Atlantic and Pacific in the region of the Carolinas, based on Verrazzano, and the Yucatan is an island. The large island of Zipangri off the west coast is not California but Japan, based on the narrative of Marco Polo, a few years before any recorded visit to the islands by Europeans. The Philippines are refered to as an 'archipelago of 7448 islands' The large vignette ship is the 'Victoria', the only survivor of Magellan's fleet of four. BURDEN: 12, state 12 of 13.
[Ref: 18762]    £4,400.00 ($5,672 • €4,985 rates)


  ASIA 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [The first edition of the first printed map of Asia]
India Extrema XIX Nova Tabula. Basle: Henri Petri, 1540, FIRST EDITION, Latin text. Woodcut, sheet 300 x 375mm. Small repair in centre fold margin.
Munster's map of modern Asia, published in the first edition of his ''Geographia universalis, vetus et nozva, complectens Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini enarrationis libros VIII''. Much of the information for this map came from Portuguese sources, indicated by the presence of their Indian colonies Cambay, Goa, Calicut and Kannur. However further east Munster has had to return to Marco Polo's account, written in prison in 1298, for China and the 'Archipelago of 7448 Islands', the Philippines. Ptolemy's 'Taprobana' is now Sumatra rather than Sri Lanka. At the bottom of the map Zanzibar is an island south-east of Madagascar. Decorating the seas is a huge fish and a twin-tailed mermaid.
[Ref: 18771]    £1,500.00 ($1,934 • €1,700 rates)


 Indochina 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [A Ptolemaic map of Burma and the Malay Peninsula]
Tabula Asiae XI. Basle: Henri Petri, c.1550. Woodcut. Sheet 300 x 380mm.
Ptolemy's map of the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh, Burma, the Malay Peninsula and Gulf of Thailand. The 'Aurea Chersonesus' (Golden Chersonese) is probably Sumatra, mistakenly connected to the mainland. The landmass in the bottom right connects Asia to the 'Terra Australis' that created a land-locked Indian Ocean. To the left is a vignette of three exotic birds and an odd-looking lion. From Munster's edition of Ptolemy's 'Geographia'.
[Ref: 18791]    £650.00 ($838 • €736 rates)


 The Holy Land 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [A woodcut map of the Holy Land]
Terra Sancta XXIII Nova Tabula. Basle: Henri Petri, 1552, Latin edition. Woodcut, sheet 300 x 375mm.
A woodcut map of the Holy Land in Biblical times, orientated with north to the right. This example comes from the last edition of Munster's 'Geographia', the only edition with the longitude and latitude bars. The map continued to be printed in the 'Cosmographia' for another 70 years. LAOR: 526.
[Ref: 18763]    £700.00 ($902 • €793 rates)


MUNSTER, Sebastian. [Woodcut map of the Holy Land with Cyprus]
Von den Ländern Asie. Basle c.1578, German text edition. Coloured. 270 x 350mm.
Munster's map of the Holy Land and Cyprus. From a German text edition of Munster's Cosmography. The text on the verso includes a coat of arms from Jerusalem. LAOR: 528.
[Ref: 18809]    £280.00 ($361 • €317 rates)


 Turkey 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [A 16th century prospect of Constantinople]
Constantinopel... Basle, c.1560, German text. Coloured woodcut, printed area 290 x 390mm, set in text.
A mapof Istanbul, presented as a bird's-eye view, with the important buildings shown in profile, with a disregard for perspective.
[Ref: 17677]    £500.00 ($645 • €567 rates)


MUNSTER, Sebastian. [Woodblock map of Turkey]
[Asia minor - Turkey] Basle, c.1618. Coloured woodcut. Map area 135 x 180mm set in text.
A small format map of Turkey set in German letterpress text.
[Ref: 15459]    £125.00 ($161 • €142 rates)


  AFRICA 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [The first atlas map of the continent of Africa]
Africa XXV Nova Tabula. Basle, Henri Petri, 1552, Latin text edition. Woodcut, sheet 300 x 375mm.
Munster's famous map of Africa, the first atlas map to show the whole continent, apart from the tip of the Horn. A one-eyed giant is seated over Nigeria, representing the mythical tribe of the 'Monoculi', and an elephant fills southern Africa. Also marked are several kingdoms, including that of Prester John, and 'Meroë', capital of Kush in Nubia. The large text box contains a guide for sailing from Cadiz to Calecut in India. This example comes from the last edition of the 'Geographia', the only printing with the longitude and latitude bars. The map continued to appear in the 'Cosmographia' until 1578. A new map based on Ortelius appeared in 1588. BETZ: 3, variant 9.
[Ref: 18770]    £1,250.00 ($1,611 • €1,416 rates)


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