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Die neuwen Inseln, so hinder Hispanien gegen Orient bey dem land India ligen [The New Islands, which are Lying behind Spain, East Direction by the Land of India]

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The first printed map to show America in a true continental form

 

Wooldcut, sheet: 30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 inches), image: 26 x 34 cm (10.2 x 13.4 inches), printed title in a woodcut ornament verso (soft fold, minor staining, repaired small v-shaped tear in the middle, otherwise in a good condition).

 

 

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Sebastian Münster (1488 – 1552) was a German cosmographer, humanist and Christian Hebraist, and one of the great intellectual lights of the 16th Century. His most famous work was the Cosmographia (Basle, 1544), the earliest German description of the world, and, running into numerous editions, it was one of the best-selling geographical works in Europe for many decades.

First issued in 1544, the Cosmographia was republished in updated versions until 1628 in 35 editions and 5 languages.

Sebastian Münster’s map of America is the first printed map to show America in a true continental form and one of the earliest European maps of Japan.

Our example comes from the early 5th edition of Cosmographia, issued in 1550 under the title Cosmographei oder beschreibung aller länder, herschafften, fürnemsten stetten, geschichten, gebreüche[n], hantierungen etc., which was printed at the same year as a Latin version.

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