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   M-12545 - c. 1550 Münster map of the world



M-12545: (Image : 10 3/8 x 14 3/4’’) “Das erst general inhaltend die beschreibung und den circkel des gantzen erderichs und möres From Cosmogra-phia. Basle: Sebastian Münster - Heinrich Petri, c. 1550. Woodcut engraving with later hand-coloring. Verso: German. Engraved by David Kandel (initials lower left).  (Ref: Shirley #92 – illus.; Baynton-Williams, Investing In Maps, p. 20 – illus.).

This early highly decorative woodcut, with twelve named wind-heads blowing from the surrounding clouds, depicts the world as known in the mid 1500’s. Oceans are decorated with numerous sea-monsters - in typical renaissance style. North America is shown in an unusual shape nearly bisected by water (probably derived from Verrazano's explorations, 1522-24, when the waters of the Chesapeake Bay were mistaken for the Indian Ocean). The “west coast of North America, hypothetically drawn, carries the name Temistitan, then generally used to denote Mexico” (Shirley, p. 87). This is also the first map to name the Pacific Ocean (Mare Pacificum).

Münster was an eminent Renaissance scholar and map-maker. “The names of three cartographers dominate the 16th century:  Mercator, Ortelius and Münster, and of these three Münster probably had the widest influence in spreading geographical knowledge throughout Europe…” (Antique Maps, Moreland & Bannister, p. 78).


Inventory Number: M-12545


Charles Edwin Puckett
Contact   Charles or Teresa Puckett Phone: 330-668-0032
Period: Pre-1600
Date: c. 1550
Origin: Published in Basle
Condition: Excellent
Measurements: Image: 10 3/8 x 14 3/4''
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