|Method||Woodblock with hand colour|
|Dimensions||99 x 150 mm|
A mid-sixteenth century woodcut map of Cyprus, from a German edition of Munster's celebrated Cosmographia. The map shows only three place names, Nicosia, Ceraunia, and Famagosta, and three seas are labelled, the Mare Syrum, Mare Pamphilium and Mare Aegyptium (Egyptian Sea). An oared boat is shown sailing through the seas off the southern coast of the island.
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: Strong, clean impression. Letterpress German text above and on verso. Sheet trimmed close to borders of image, without loss to map.