Adina Sommer`s Rare Antique Maps and Contemporary Art

Europa das ein ditscheil der erden/nach gelegenheit unsern zeiten

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Article ID EUX0347
Artist Münster (1489-1552)
Sebastian Münster (1488 – 1552) belongs to the very important Comographers of the Renaicance. He issued his first famous Cosmographia in 1544 with 24 double paged maps with German description of the world. It had numerous editions in different languages including Latin, French, Italian, English, and Czech. The last German edition was published in 1628, long after his death. The Cosmographia was one of the most successful and popular books of the 16th century. It passed through 24 editions in 100 years. This success was due to the notable woodcuts , some by Hans Holbein the Younger, Urs Graf, Hans Rudolph Deutsch, and David Kandel. It was most important in reviving geography in 16th-century Europe. His first geographic works were Germania descriptio (1530) and Mappa Europae (1536). In 1540 he published a Latin edition of Ptolemy's Geographia with illustrations. The 1550 edition contains cities, portraits, and costumes. These editions, printed in Germany, are the most valued of the Cosmographias.
Title Europa das ein ditscheil der erden/nach gelegenheit unsern zeiten
Year ca. 1550
Map shows Europe on an inverted projection with north at the bottom of the page. One of the earliest printed maps of the European continent. Curiously oriented to the south. Shows the continent from Constantinople and Greece to the east and Spain to the southwest. With Denmark, England, Scotland and Ireland to the bottom of the map. Decorated with a beautiful sailing ship. Letterpress title on top. A large woodcut border surrounds the title on verso. From Sebastian Münster’s Cosmography, published circa 1545 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.​ Beautiful woodcut with allegories, two saints and German text on verso.​
Place of Publication Basle
Dimensions (cm)26,5 x 34
ConditionSome restoration at centerfold
Coloringoriginal colored


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