1552. Basle: [c. 1552].
9 7/8 x 13 3/8 inches. Framed map, hand colored; evenly toned, some cracking along the fold line, frame lightly scuffed, very good. Not examined out of frame.
§ Rare first edition of Munster’s Ptolemaic map of North Africa and the Mediterranean. From the 1542 edition of Munster’s Geographia, one of the most important works of the 16th Century. Munster was a linguist and mathematician, who initially taught Hebrew in Heidelberg. He issued his first mapping of Germany in 1529, after which he issued a call for geographical information about Germany to scholars throughout the country. The response was better than hoped for, and included substantial foreign material, which supplied him with up to date, if not necessarily accurate, maps for the issuance of his Geographia in 1540. Item #124252