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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 ($6,073 • €5,361 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 ($9,142 • €8,071 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 referred 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 ($5,746 • €5,073 rates)


  ASIA 
 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 ($914 • €807 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 ($653 • €577 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 ($163 • €144 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 ($1,633 • €1,441 rates)


MUNSTER, Sebastian. [Woodblock antique map of Africa]
Africa... Basle, c.1615, German text edition, Woodcut, printed area 130 x 160mm, set in a page of text.. Small repaired tear in lower margin.
Munster's smaller antique map of Africa, without the Horn of Africa and Cape of Good Hope. On the verso is a small woodcut of natives warming themselves at a fire. NORWICH: 5.
[Ref: 8618]    £200.00 ($261 • €231 rates)


  LONDON 
 London Maps 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [Early woodblock plan of London]
Londinum Feracis: Ang. Met. Basle, 1628, German edition. Coloured. Woodcut map, printed area 245 x 360mm.
An early map of London derived from the Braun & Hogenberg map, surveyed c.1560, so one of the earliest depictions of the city. HOWGEGO: 6, first issued 1598.
[Ref: 17693]    £1,100.00 ($1,437 • €1,268 rates)


  EUROPE 
 Scandinavia 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [An Early Woodcut map of Scandinavia]
Gemeine beschreibung aller mittnachtige lender - Schweden, Gothen, Norwegien, Deñmarck etc. Basle, Heinrich Petri, 1578, German text edition. Woodcut, Printed area 260 x 345mm.
The second of three blocks used by Munster for Scandinavia (from 1542-88), based on the 'Carta Marina' of Olaus Magnus, 1539. Being greatly reduced from the original there are few names. On verso is a title within decorative printed borders. GINSBERG: Septentionalium Regionem, 13.
[Ref: 13754]    £925.00 ($1,208 • €1,067 rates)


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