TYPUS ORBIS TERRARUM
Cartographer: Sebastian Munster
Date: 1550c Basel
Size: 28.5*38.5 cms
Uncommon and sought after and important mid Sixteenth century World map. This is a beautiful example of the second woodblock world that was cut for the "Cosmographia" and "Geographia", and the initials of the wood engraver, David Kandel, can be seen in the bottom left hand corner.
The mapping of America is interesting , only fifty years after Columbus: the basic shape of both North and South is recognisable, there are several mistaken assumptions: 'Terra Florida' is connected to the north-east by only a narrow isthmus, based on Verrazzano's mistaken belief that Chesapeake Bay was the Indian Ocean. Greenland is joined on to Scandinavia; and the west coast appears as 'Temistitian', the general name for Mexico, on the far right of the map. In the east, 'Zanzibar', 'Taprobana' and 'Java' are all marked, and 'Zipangu' (Japan) also appears having been visited by Europeans for the first time ten years before.
Ebellished with fierce sea monsters and a sailing war ship. Surrounding the earth are billowing clouds and numerous 12 wind gods reflecting the wind characteristics.
Very minor reinforcement on back on bottom corner invisible from front
Excellent hand colour
Very good condition.
Shirley, R. Mapping of the World, no. 92.
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