RARE and interesting phamphlet.This is the Turkish Empire section of Munster's Cosmographia.It comorises of 23 leaves or 45 pages of woodblock prints and text.There are 4 maps,the double page Constaninople (probably the best condition example I have come accross) and maps of Thrace and Bulgaria,Greece and crete.There are about 45 more woodblock prints of Sultans,buildings,battles,ceremonies etc.This was taken from The Cosmographia some time between 1860 and 1959.It has been bound so that the maps are untouched.Exceptionally good condition.A very rare item. Please email for all the pictures. SOLD

code : M2099

Cartographer : Sebastian Munster

Date : 900/ 1580/ Basel

Size : 37*24cms

availability : Sold

Price : Sold

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Originally a scholar studying Hebrew, Greek and mathematics, Sebastian Munster (1489-1552) eventually specialised in mathematical geography and cartography. It was this double ability - as a classicist and mathematician - that was to prove invaluable when Munster set himself to preparing new editions of Solinus’ “Memorabilia” and Mela’s “De Situ Orbis”, two classical descriptive geographies containing maps, and his own two greatest works, the “Geographia” and “Cosmographia”. These reflect the widespread interest in classical texts, which were being rediscovered in the fifteenth century, and being disseminated in the later fifteenth and sixteenth century, through the new medium of printing.

The “Geographia” was a translation of Ptolemy’s landmark geographical text, compiled in about 150 AD., illustrated with maps based on Ptolemy’s calculations, but also, in recognition of the increased geographical awareness, contains a section of modern maps. In the first edition of the “Geographia”, Munster included 27 ancient Ptolemaic maps and 21 modern maps, printed from woodblocks. Subsequent editions of the “Cosmographia” were to contain a vast number of maps and plans.

One consequence of Munster’s work was the impetus it gave to regional mapping of Germany, but Munster was also the first cartographer to produce a set of maps of the four continents on separate maps. Most importantly, through his books (the “Geographia” and “Cosmographia” alone ran to over forty editions in six languages), Munster was responsible for diffusing the most up-to-date geographical information throughout Europe.