|Dimensions||125 x 132 mm|
A mid-sixteenth century woodcut map of Greece, with Albania, Dalmatia, Thrace, and Asia (Turkey), from a German edition of Munster's celebrated Cosmographia. This is the earliest of Munster's maps of Greece, following Ptolemaic geography. The islands of the Greek archipelago are shown relatively schematically, though the larger islands, including Crete, Corfu, Cephalonia, Euboea, Lesbos, and Lemnos are shown with at least some attempt to map the unique features of their coastlines. Modon (Methone), Corinth, Salonica (Thessaloniki), Adrianople (Edirne), and Constantinople (Istanbul) are shown as city icons.
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: German titles and text above, below, and on verso. Minor time toning, foxing, and text offsetting to sheet.