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WELTBUCH: SPIEGEL UND BILDTNISZ DES GANTZEN ERDBODENS VON SEBASTIANOFRANCO WORDENSI IN VIER BUCHER.
Tübingen: Ulrich Morhard, 1534. - [6],[ii]-ccxxxvii,[7] leaves. Folio. Modern pigskin, tooled in blind. Some light soiling and minor dampstaining. Contemporary notations to text. Very good. First edition of the first cosmography in German, in the rare variant issue with five leaves in the preface "Vorred" instead of the usual four. More than fifty pages of this work are devoted to the Americas, which is reflected in the title, "Also something about the newly found world and islands, not from such like fables as those of Berosus, John of Monte Villa (Mandeville?) and S. Brandon's history, but from accredited, trustworthy, experienced geographers, brought together with great pains from widely diffused books, and embodied and published in a single volume, the like of which in German was never before published" (translation by Harrisse). This is probably the most substantial printed German text on the subject to date, with descriptions of the travels of Columbus, Vespucci and Cortes. Sebastian Franck was a controversial Anabaptist whose works were refuted by Luther. The present title and his PARADOXA, published in the same year, were both censured. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 534/9. HARRISSE 197. JCB I:112. SABIN 25468.
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