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Syria/Cypern/Palestaina/Mesopotamia/Babilonia/Zwen Arabia/mit Bergen/Wesseren und Stetten

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Article ID EUZ670
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 Syria/Cypern/Palestaina/Mesopotamia/Babilonia/Zwen Arabia/mit Bergen/Wesseren und Stetten
Year ca. 1550
Description
Map shows Cyprus with partly Western Asia.

Western Asia, is the westernmost subregion of Asia with the following countries:
Egypt (Peninsula Sinai only), Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Palestinian territories (called West Bank and Gaza in the latter), Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, UAE, Turkey, Georgia, Cyprus and Yemen.
 
 The concept is in limited use, as it significantly overlaps with the Middle East (or the Near East), the main difference usually being the exclusion of the majority of Egypt (which would be counted as part of North Africa) and the inclusion of the Caucasus.
 As a geographic concept, Western Asia includes the Levant, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Iran, the Armenian Highlands, the South Caucasus, the Arabian peninsula as well as the Sinai Peninsula, making Egypt a transcontinental country.
 
Place of Publication Basle
Dimensions (cm)32 x 36
ConditionUpper margin perfectly enlarged, missing part in the upper centerfold replaced
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueWoodcut

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