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Die Neuwen Inseln ...

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Die Neuwen Inseln ... : S. Munster

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A good example of this important map - the first of the New World as an entity, and the first to use the term "Mare Pacificum". Sebastian Munster's edition of the 'Geographia ...' incorporated a section of modern maps to supplement the traditional Ptolemaic ones. At a time when the mapping of the continent was beginning to take shape, the map of the New World shows a relatively accurate South America and reasonable depiction of the West Indies where several islands are named. Japan is shown, as "Zipangri", but located very close to the American west coast. North America, much less known at this time than Latin America, appears with a clearly defined Florida but with a narrow isthmus linking the north-east "Francisca" to "Terra Florida" - a reflection of the belief in a Sea of Verrazzano, a possible route to the Indies. 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 "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 by 340mm (10.75 by 13.5 inches).
ref: 37582
literature: Burden, Mapping Of North America, 12

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