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Cosmographia, Das ist: Beschreibung der gantzen - MUENSTER, Sebastian - 1490. [1271319]
Added finely engraved title by M. Merian (with a port. of Münster), woodcut port. of the author on verso of title, one folding plate (between pp. 1040-41), & 1490 woodcuts in the text (of which 26 are double-page maps & 72 are double-page plans & views). Printed title in red & black. 14 p.l. (incl. the engraved title, the 7th leaf a blank), 1752 pp. Large thick folio, cont. blindstamped panelled pigskin over thick wooden boards (some inevitable browning due to the quality of the paper), eight decorated brass corner-pieces & a central boss on each cover, orig. catches & two clasps (the leather of the lower renewed). Basel: Henricpetri, 1628. A very impressive and broad-margined copy in its original binding with all the metal "hardware" of the best, largest, and final edition (1st ed.: 1544) of the famous Cosmographia by Münster (1489-1552), the great cartographer, mathematician, and cosmographer. This was the first detailed scientific and popular description of the world in German and played an important role in the revival of geography in Europe. It was one of the most successful texts of the 16th century and enjoyed numerous translations and editions. Our edition has 400 more woodcuts than the 1614 edition and an additional 900 woodcuts when compared to the first edition. It contains two world maps, maps of Europe, England, Spain, France, Germany, the Rhineland, Swabia and Bavaria, Franconia, Silesia, Bohemia, Hungary, Transylvania, Dalmatia and Croatia, Italy, Scandinavia, Greece, Asia, Asia Minor, the Holy Land, Sumatra, Africa, and America. There are many city views including most of the major European cities, and also Jerusalem and Mexico City. Also included are woodcut portraits of royalty, nobility, and notable figures of each country's or region's history; coats-of-arms; historical scenes; images of regional plants and animals; American Indians, etc. While there is some browning, this is a quite wonderful copy in original state. 18th-century ownership inscription on the free front endpaper "Bibliotheca Hermanniana Argentorati." The clasps are signed "PB." ? Alden 628/84. Sabin 51396.
      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
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