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

(CALAIS) VON DER STATT CALES

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(CALAIS) VON DER STATT CALES

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(CALAIS) VON DER STATT CALES

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STATT TOURS

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STATT TOURS

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STATT TOURS

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FRANCE DAS GANTZ FRANKREICH

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FRANCE DAS GANTZ FRANKREICH

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FRANCE DAS GANTZ FRANKREICH

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TRIESTE SLOVENIA ISTRIA SCLAUNIA ODER WINDISCH

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TRIESTE SLOVENIA ISTRIA SCLAUNIA ODER WINDISCH

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TRIESTE SLOVENIA ISTRIA SCLAUNIA ODER WINDISCH

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GENOA STATT GENUA

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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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FRANCE GALLIAE REGIONIS NOVA DESCRIPTIO

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LUCERNE STATT LUCERN

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LUCERNE STATT LUCERN

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LUCERNE STATT LUCERN

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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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BORDEAUX

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BOURDEAUX

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BOURDEAUX

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FLANDERS

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VON DEM LAND FLANDERN

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VON DEM LAND FLANDERN

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'S-HERTOGENBOSCH   STATT SERZOGEN BOSCH

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'S-HERTOGENBOSCH

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TURKEY   ASIA MINOR

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ASIA MINOR

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ASIA MINOR

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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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MUNICH

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MUNCHEN

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MUNCHEN

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TRIESTE  ISTRIA

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ISTRIA

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ISTRIA

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BODENSEE  GERMANY SWITZERLAND

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Bodensee auff der Germanischen Seyten

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Bodensee auff der Germanischen Seyten

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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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HISPANIE Hispanie beschreibung mit seinen

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POLAND  KINGDOM OF POLAND

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VON DEM KONIGREICH POLAND

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VON DEM KONIGREICH POLAND

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RHODES

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RHODUS

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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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GEORGIA   ARMENIA, RUSSIA, VOLGA, BLACK SEA, CASPIAN SEA

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SARMATIA ASIE

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SARMATIA ASIE

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HAERLEM  HAARLEM HOLLAND

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HAERLEM HAARLEM HOLLAND BY MUNSTER

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HAERLEM HAARLEM HOLLAND BY MUNSTER

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STRASBOURG  STRASSBURG  BY MUNSTER

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STRASSBURG BY MUNSTER

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STRASSBURG BY MUNSTER

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LIEGE  BY MUNSTER

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STATT LUTTICH LIEGE

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PARIS

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DIE STATT PARIS

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DIE STATT PARIS

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ASIA   MUNSTER

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ASIA WIE ES JETZIGER ....

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ASIA WIE ES JETZIGER ....

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FRANCE MUNSTER

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GALLIE ODER FRANCKREICHS..

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GALLIE ODER FRANCKREICHS..

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ARABIA  PERSIAN GULF    MUNSTER

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ARABIA

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ARABIA

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NORTH ATLANTIC ICELAND FICTIOUS ISLANDS  FREISLAND.. 1570

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GEMAINE BESCHREIBUNG ALLER MITNACHTIGEN LANDER..

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GEMAINE BESCHREIBUNG ALLER MITNACHTIGEN LANDER..

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MUNSTER  EARLY MAP OF ENGLAND WALES AND PART OF SCOTLAND

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DAS ENGELLAND MIT DEM ANSTOSSENDEN REICH SCHOTTLANDT..

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DAS ENGELLAND MIT DEM ANSTOSSENDEN REICH SCHOTTLANDT..

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PANORAMA OF VIENNA

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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

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CYPRUS INSULA

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CYPRUS INSULA

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MALTA

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MELITA

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MELITA

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MUNSTER'S POLAND & HUNGARY

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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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EUROPE  MUNSTERS FIRST MODERN MAP

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EUROPA DAS EIN DRITTHEIL DER ERDEN..

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EUROPA DAS EIN DRITTHEIL DER ERDEN..

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