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Africa / Libya / Morland / ...

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Africa / Libya / Morland / ... : S.Munster

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A good example of the first generally obtainable map of the whole continent of Africa published in Sebastian Munster's "Cosmographia". The map is instantly recognisable by its illustrations of the 'Monoculi' (a one-eyed man), an impressive sailing ship, and a large elephant in southern Africa. Originally a scholar studying Hebrew, Greek and mathematics, Munster (1489-1552) eventually specialised in mathematical geography and cartography. He is best known for his edition of the "Geographia", a translation of Ptolemy's landmark geographical text. Munster's version is illustrated with maps based on Ptolemy's calculations, but also, in recognition of the increased geographical awareness of the period, contains a section of modern maps including the first set of maps of each continent.
mapmaker: S.Munster  
place and date of publication: Basle 1540-1567
medium and colour: woodblock, Uncoloured
size in mm: 270 x 350
ref: 37581
literature: Betz, The Mapping Of Africa, Map 3.

Price: £ 1400£ 840

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