Very attractive early map of England.

This early and unusual portrayal has north oriented to the left of the map. The woodblock map is filled with exaggerated topographical features with large castles denoting the cities. This map was a great improvement over previous maps of the region and showed for the first time several city names. At upper left is a key to the Latin and English place names. The flags of both England and Scotland are shown. This is the German edition of the map originally titled Anglia II Nova Tabula.

Repair on back yop left corner and very slight stain.

Very good hand colour

Overall very good condition.

Munster's Cosmographia

code : M3407

Cartographer : Sebastian Munster

Date : 1570c Basel

Size : 25.5*34.5 cms

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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.