Stock No. 3114
Woodcut map of central Asia for Sebastian Münster’s Geographia Universalis, Basle, 1545, based on Ptolemy’s Geographia. Descriptive woodcut panel verso. Central vertical fold. Faint ruled border in pale red ink just outside printed border. Old repair in centre of lower margin, a little browning in lower part of sheet. Later hand-colouring.
This famous map features illustrations of some of the mythological monsters reported by early travellers to the east, and at the top a figure of cannibals dismembering a corpse.
Münster (1489-1552) was a German geographer, mathematiciam and Hebraist, who published editions and translations of the Bible as well as Hebrew grammars, and whose major work, the Geographia Universalis, a comprehensive and detailed description of the known world, was perhaps the most important and influential geography of the sixteenth century. Its production involved the assistance of over a hundred and twenty collaborators. In all, Münster published 142 maps, both Ptolemaic and contemporary, in his lifetime.