1550. Basel: c. 1550.
10 x 13.5 inches. Framed map, hand colored; a tiny hole in the top margin along the center crease, and another in the bottom margin, some toning, frame lightly scuffed, over all very good condition. Not examined out of frame.
§ A nice, full color example of Munster’s first ancient map of the World, based upon the writings of Ptolemy. “At the advent of printing in the 15th Century, the geographical works of Ptolemy were at their highpoint. Virtually all of the printed maps in the late 15th and early 16th Century were based with varying degrees of accuracy on his works. By the middle of the 16th Century, contemporary cartography was moving on to more modern depictions of the world and its regions, but the teaching of Ptolemy were sufficiently important that they were incorporated into most general cartographic works for at least another 100 years. This map by Munster features 12 windheads and other classic pre-Columbian beliefs about the known World.” The Barry Lawrence Ruderman Map Collection. Item #124259