Des Isles de Bretaigne la grand, Albion, qui est Angleterre & Hirlande, & de leurs citez en general

Method Woodcut with hand colour
Artist Münster, Sebastian
Published [Henry Pierre marchant-libraire, Basle 1552-1575]
Dimensions 80 x 136 mm
Notes A woodcut map of the British Isles on Page 44, Volume 2 of a French edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmographia, the title in French being La Cosmographie universelle contenant la situation de toutes les parties du monde, avec les proprietez & appartenances. 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. The map is presented at the bottom of its full sheet, with French text translated by François de Belleforest above and below. Between 1552 and 1575, the French edition was reprinted six 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: Small binders holes down right side of sheet. Slight time-toning to edge of sheet.
Framing unmounted
Price £275.00
Stock ID 37212