Stock No. 3112
Woodcut map of England for the fourth edition of Sebastian Müster’s Geographia Universalis, Basle, 1552. Image 285 x 360 mm., sheet about 305 x 385 mm. Central vertical fold. Later hand-colouring. The first separately printed map of England, probably based on the Gough map of the mid fourteenth century.
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.