Sebastian Munster Munster (1489)

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.

Maps By Sebastian Munster Sebastian Munster

STATT TOURS

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STATT TOURS

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STATT TOURS

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GENOA STATT GENUA

£275

GENOA STATT GENUA

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GENOA STATT GENUA

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SOUTHERN ITALY REGN NEAPOLIT MARE MEDITERRANEUM

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SOUTHERN ITALY REGN NEAPOLIT MARE MEDITERRANEUM

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SOUTHERN ITALY REGN NEAPOLIT MARE MEDITERRANEUM

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CRETE CANDIA

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CRETE CANDIA

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CRETE CANDIA

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MUNSTER  TURKEY

£70

ASIA MINOR VON DEN LANDERN ASIE

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ASIA MINOR VON DEN LANDERN ASIE

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BOHEMIA PRAGUE LA DESCRIPTION DE BOHEME

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BOHEMIA PRAGUE LA DESCRIPTION DE BOHEME

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BOHEMIA PRAGUE LA DESCRIPTION DE BOHEME

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GENEVA GENFF GINEURIA

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GENEVA GENFF GINEURIA

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GENEVA GENFF GINEURIA

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GREECE NEW GREICHEN LANDT

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GREECE NEW GREICHEN LANDT

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GREECE NEW GREICHEN LANDT

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CRETE CRETA ODER CANDIA

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CRETE CRETA ODER CANDIA

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CRETE CRETA ODER CANDIA

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SICILY SICILIAE IVSULAE

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SICILIAE IVSULAE

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SICILIAE IVSULAE

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'S-HERTOGENBOSCH   STATT SERZOGEN BOSCH

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'S-HERTOGENBOSCH

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'S-HERTOGENBOSCH

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SALTZBURG

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SALTZBURG

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SALTZBURG

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BELGRADE

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GRIECHISCH WEISSENBURG BELAGERT

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GRIECHISCH WEISSENBURG BELAGERT

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MUNICH

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MUNCHEN

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MUNCHEN

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FRIESLAND , EDAM    GRUNINGEN  BRUGES

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Von der Frieszlaender Nammen und der Statt Gruningen

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Von der Frieszlaender Nammen und der Statt Gruningen

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SPAIN

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HISPANIE Hispanie beschreibung mit seinen

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POLAND   DANZIG JKRACKOW

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Beschreibung aller Laender so etwann dem Koenigreich Poland

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Beschreibung aller Laender so etwann dem Koenigreich Poland

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PRAGUE

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PRAGA 1574

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PRAGA 1574

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HAERLEM  HAARLEM HOLLAND

£95

HAERLEM HAARLEM HOLLAND BY MUNSTER

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HAERLEM HAARLEM HOLLAND BY MUNSTER

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FRANCE MUNSTER

£45

GALLIE ODER FRANCKREICHS..

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GALLIE ODER FRANCKREICHS..

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PANORAMA OF VIENNA

£495

ANNO DOMINI 1548 VIENA AUSTRIAE HUNC HABUIT SITUM

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ANNO DOMINI 1548 VIENA AUSTRIAE HUNC HABUIT SITUM

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CYPRUS  MUNSTER  1550c

£225

CYPRUS INSULA

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CYPRUS INSULA

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MUNSTER'S POLAND & HUNGARY

£395

POLONIA ET UNGARIA XX NOVA TABULA

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POLONIA ET UNGARIA XX NOVA TABULA

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HAMBURG BY MUNSTER

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HAMBURG

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HAMBURG

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EARLY ITALY MAP BY MUNSTER

£450

ITALIA MIT DREYEN ...

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ITALIA MIT DREYEN ...

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MUNSTER'S MAP OF AFRICA

£575

AFRICA TABULA NOVA

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AFRICA TABULA NOVA

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MUNSTER'S VIEW OF GRONIGEN

£85

GROENIGEN MDLXXIII

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GROENIGEN MDLXXIII

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MUNSTER'S EARLY MAP OF SLOVENIA CROATIA  AUSTRIA

£295

SCLAVONIA ODER WINDISCH MARCK...

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SCLAVONIA ODER WINDISCH MARCK...

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MUNSTER'S RARE EARLY MAP OF THE AMERICAS 1550

£4250

LE MONDE DE NOUVEAU..LES TABLES DES ISLES NEUFUES..

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LE MONDE DE NOUVEAU..LES TABLES DES ISLES NEUFUES..

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VERY GOOD DOUBLE PAGE  MUNSTER OF ROME

£485

LA SITUATION DE LA VILLE DE ROME

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LA SITUATION DE LA VILLE DE ROME

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MUNSTER'S FIRST EDITION MAP OF PTOLOMAIC FRANCE

£245

FRANCE TABULA EUROPAE III

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FRANCE TABULA EUROPAE III

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MUNSTER   ONE OF EARLIEST OBTAINABLE MAPS OF SWITZERLAND 1542

£245

HELVETIA PRIMA RHENI ET V NOVA TABULA

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HELVETIA PRIMA RHENI ET V NOVA TABULA

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MUNSTER  EARLY MAP ..BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF VENICE

£575

VENICE VENEZZIA ... CONTRAFEHTUNG DER FURNEMAN STATT VENEDIG

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VENICE VENEZZIA ... CONTRAFEHTUNG DER FURNEMAN STATT VENEDIG

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MUNSTER'S MAP OF AFRICA FIRST AVAILABLE MAP OF CONTINENT 1552 EDITION

£1100

TOTIUS AFRICAE TABULA & DESCRIPTIO

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TOTIUS AFRICAE TABULA & DESCRIPTIO

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MUNSTER'S MAP OF LONDON

£1295

LONDON ODER LUNDEN DIE HAUPESTATT IN ENGELLANDE

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LONDON ODER LUNDEN DIE HAUPESTATT IN ENGELLANDE

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MUNSTER FIRST MODERN MAP OF EUROPE RARE EDITION

£675

EUROPA PRIMA NOVA TABULA

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EUROPA PRIMA NOVA TABULA

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MUNSTER  AFRICA

£145

AFRICA AFRICA MITT SEINEN BESUNDERN LANDERN

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AFRICA AFRICA MITT SEINEN BESUNDERN LANDERN

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MUNSTER'S MAP OF BRITISH ISLES ENGELLANDT  AFTER ORTELIUS 1588

£275

ENGELLANDT

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ENGELLANDT

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KINGDOM OF POLAND  MUNSTER 1578

£95

VON DEM KONIGREICH POLAND

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PARIS  MUNSTER EARLY DOUBLE PAGE WOODBLOCK DECORATIVE PLAN 1570c

£295

DIE STATT PARIS

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MUNSTER  SECOND MODERN EUROPE MAP

£445

EUROPA DAS EIN DRITTHEIL..

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LIEGE  MUNSTER

£60

LIEGE DER STATT LUTTICH

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MUNSTER MAP OF BASEL

£175

BASILIENSIS CIVITATIS

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MUNSTER MAP   FORTRESS OF JULA  TOKAY HUNGARY

£85

TOKAY

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