Cartographer: Sebastian Munster
Date: 1588 Basel
Size: 31.0 x 36.0 cm.
Early map of England and the British Isles. The map is oriented with west at the top and provides a fine early depiction of the British Isles, based upon Ortelius' map of 1570. Inset tablet lower right with German text.
Three sea monsters and two sailing ships fill the empty space of the Oceans. A block-style title cartouche decorates the map. Mountains, villages, churches and woods are attractively drawn pictorially. Fine calligraphic lettering and highly detailed engraving. On one half of the backside is a decorative title and cartouche.
This charming map was published in the 1588-edition of Sebastian Munster's Cosmographia. After 1588, this map was only re-published in the German editions of the Cosmographia of 1592, 1598, 1614, and 1628 and is thus comparatively rare.
Excellent hand colour. Professionally repaired worm holes and laid down on Japanese archival paper
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