Map of the modern world by Sebastian Munster ~ SOLD

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Decorative full colour example of Sebastian Munster’s (1488-1552) map of the modern world from the 1550 edition of Munster’s Cosmographia. This example is from the second wood block, which includes the engraver David Kandel’s initials. The map is richly embellished with sea monsters and 12 wind heads. The map is based upon a mix of information from Verrazano’s explorations (1522-24) to the coasts of North America where he mistook Chesapeake Bay for the Indian Ocean, and the voyages of Jacques Cartier (1491-1557), the French navigator and explorer who made three voyages to the coast of Canada and up the St. Lawrence river in search of the Northwest Passage to Asia. The west coast of America appears on the right side of the map which is also the first map to name the Pacific Ocean (Mare Pacificum).

Munster is non-committal about the continuity of North and South America, an unbroken Central America being implied but not clearly shown. Though unnamed, Terra Australis is present but small, only serving to form the Magellan Strait. All of North America is called Terra Florida. Munster adds further to the current confusion over Taprobana and Ceylon, depicting a Sumatra-shaped Taprobana on the west side of the Indian sub-continent, and Java in position of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) off the southeast coast of India.

Condition; expertly repaired edges, both 1,5 cm facsimile, measures 263 x 382 mm.

Purchase code: M1587

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