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Sebastian Münster:  Ptolemeisch General Tafel / die hable kugel der Welt begreiffende

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Title: Ptolemeisch General Tafel / die hable kugel der Welt begreiffende

Map Maker: Sebastian Münster

Place / Date: Basel / 1552 ca

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 13.5 x 10 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $575.00

Inventory ID: 38804se


Fair example of Munster's second 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 teachings 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.  

Condition Description: Lower neatlines trimmed off, with loss of printed image.

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