|Dimensions||80 x 136 mm|
A woodcut map of the British Isles on Page 42, Volume 2 of a Latin edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmographia. The map is basic, and divides the islands into Hibernia, Wallia, Corneuall, Scotia, and Anglia. The cities of Edinburgh in Scotland, London, Oxford, and Dover in England, and Waterford in Ireland, are depicted as small settlements. Between 1550 and 1572, the Latin edition was reprinted five times.
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: Printed on full sheet, with Latin text above, below, and on verso. Minor creasing to margins, not affecting plate. Some manuscript underlining of text. Otherwise an excellent clean impression.