|Dimensions||105 x 60 mm|
A woodcut depicting an astrologer of Chaldea on Page 1273, Volume 4 of a French edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmographia. The book was published in 24 editions between 1544 and 1628.
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 French text above, below, and on verso. Minor creasing to margins, not affecting plate. Worn plate.