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Engellandt mit dem anstoffenden Reich Schottland so vorzeiten Albion und Britannia haben geheisen

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Engellandt mit dem anstoffenden Reich Schottland so vorzeiten Albion und Britannia haben geheisen : S. Munster / H. Petri

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Beautifully decorated early woodcut map of Great Britain and Ireland oriented with west at the top of the page. Ships and sea monsters can be found in the surrounding seas. Title and descriptive text in German Gothic script. This attractive map was first published in the 1588 edition of Munster's 'Geographia' to replace an earlier map of Britain which had been in use since 1540. This edition of the map continued to be used until 1628. Originally a scholar studying Hebrew, Greek and mathematics, Sebastian Munster (1489-1552) eventually specialised in mathematical geography and cartography. It was this double ability - as a classicist and mathematician - that was to prove invaluable when Munster set himself to preparing new editions of Solinus' "Memorabilia" and Mela's "De Situ Orbis", two classical descriptive geographies containing maps, and his own two greatest works, the "Geographia" and "Cosmographia". These reflect the widespread interest in classical texts, which were being rediscovered in the fifteenth century, and being disseminated in the later fifteenth and sixteenth century, through the new medium of printing. Munster's work was reissued, after his death in 1552, by his son-in-law, Heinrich Petri who had new maps prepared, cut in woodblock but in the more up=to-date "copperplate" style.
mapmakers: S. Munster   H. Petri
place and date of publication: Basel c. 1590
medium and colour: Woodcut, Coloured
size in mm: 310 by 360mm (12.25 by 14.25 inches).
ref: 43619

Price: £ 750

 
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