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Typus Orbis Ptol. Descriptus

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Typus Orbis Ptol. Descriptus : S. Munster

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Sebastian Munster's version of Ptolemy's classical world map appeared in his editions of the "Geographia" and the "Cosmographia". Munster's background in the classics and his ability as a mathematician formed the basis for his development as a cartographer - first producing his atlas of the ancient world and, in the "Cosmographia", a series of modern maps including the first of each continent alone. This clearly designed map follows the earliest Ptolemaic World maps showing the Europe, northern Africa, Asia into Siberia and the East Indies and a land-locked Indian Ocean. A good impression from this popular series of woodblock maps. From a Latin text edition.
region: World Maps
mapmaker: S. Munster  
place and date of publication: Basle 1540-
medium and colour: woodblock, Coloured
size in mm: 265 by 345mm (10.5 by 13.5 inches).
ref: 43295
literature: Shirley, Mapping Of The World, 76.

Price: £ 1400

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