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MUNSTER (Sebastian)
Cosmographiae universalis Lib.VI. in quibus, iuxta certioris fidei scriptorum traditionem describuntur, omniu[m] habitabilis orbis partiu situs, p[ro]priæq[ue] dotes. Regionum topographicæ effigies. ...
Basel, 1550. Fourteen double-page woodcut maps, folding panoramas of Worms and Heidelberg (both backed), the panorama of Vienna lacking the right-hand sheet (though it is not called for in the pagination), 36 double-page town plans, views and prospects, double-page plate of monsters ("Munster's monsters"), many woodcut maps, plans and illustrations set in the text. Small folio. 17th century calf, sensitively rebacked and repaired, six raised bands, red morocco label and gilt titling to spine. Basel, 1550.Sebastian Münster (1488-1552) was the most important German geographer of his day; he studied Hebrew, Greek, mathematics and cosmography under Konrad Pelikan, and then mathematical geography and cartography with Johann Stöffler. From this latter period survives his Kollegienbook, a manuscript note-book containing forty-four maps, mostly derived from existing materials, but also containing a map of the Rhine drawn by Münster himself.While he was involved in a number of cartographic and scientific publications, Münster is best known for two books, the Geographia, an edition of Claudius Ptolemy's geographical text, first published in 1540, and the Cosmographia, a modern compendium describing both heaven and earth, first published in 1544, and extensively illustrated. Both publications were a great success, but the Cosmographia, proved the most enduring, appearing in editions up to 1628.The Cosmographia was the first extensive account of the modern world in German, intertwining scholarly descriptions, popular history and other narratives as well as myths and legends. It is also … [Click Below for Full Description]
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