DAS ANDER BUCH BESCHREIBUNG ENGELLANDTS UND SCHOTLANDTS
Cartographer: Sebastian Munster
Date: 1550c Basel
Size: 25.5*17 cms sheet 33.5*21.5 cms
This unusual woodblock map of the British Isles was first included in Munster's "Cosmography", according to Shirley, probably by the printer Heinrich Petri. It is based on Munster's own map but with some important differences; there are fewer place names shown in the southern part of the country, north is oriented to the top of the page (Munster's map oriented north to the left), and, perhaps most obviously, Scotland slants eastwards in a style reminiscent of Ptolemy - even though this is a supposedly "new" and "modern" map. Shirley suggests that this curious Scotland may not have been a reversion in geographical thinking, but instead the size of this page was just too small to include Scotland and the engraver found a practical solution.
Barely noticeable printers crease top laft just encroaching on printed area
Excellent hand colour
Very good condition
REFERENCE: Shirley, Early Printed Maps Of The British Isles, 122.
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