|Method||Woodcut with hand colour|
|Published||[Basel, c. 1588]|
|Dimensions||305 x 355 mm|
Map of the continent of Asia, added to Sebastian Münster's Cosmographia from 1588 onwards. German text on verso. A written description of the city is featured in a cartouche to the bottom of the map.
Sebastian Münster (20th January 1488 - 26th May 1552) was a German cartographer, cosmographer, and theologian. A gifted scholar of Hebraic, Münster originally joined the Franciscans, but left the order in favour of the Lutheran Church. He was appointed to the University of Basel in 1529, and published a number of works in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. His most celebrated works are his Latin edition of Ptolemy's Geographia in 1540, and the Cosmographia in 1544. The Cosmographia was the earliest German description of the world, an ambitious work of 6 volumes published in numerous editions in German, Latin, French, Italian, and Czech.
Condition: Pressed centre fold as issued, with minor tear along the top of the fold. Overall light time toning.