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Sebastian Münster:  Nouvelle description de Poloigne & Hongrie

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Title: Nouvelle description de Poloigne & Hongrie

Map Maker: Sebastian Münster

Place / Date: Basle / 1550 ca

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 14 x 10 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $750.00

Inventory ID: 44462


Interesting early regional map showing the region from Poland and Russia in the North, to the Ukraine, Serbia, Black Sea and the Danube River, centered on Poland and Lithuania.

From an early edition of Munster's Cosmographia, one of the most influential geographical works of the 16th Century.

Sebastien Munster's Geographia and his later Cosmographia were landmark works, including not only Ptolemaic maps, but also a number of important early modern maps, including the first separate maps of the 4 continents, the first map of England and the earliest obtainable map of Scandinavia.  The town views included in the Cosmographia were among the earliest widely distributed modern views of European and other cities available to Europeans in the mid-16th Century, pre-dating Braun & Hogenberg's work by several decades.  Munster dominated cartographic publication during the mid-16th Century. Munster is generally regarded as one of the most important map makers of the 16th Century.  

Sebastien Munster was a linguist and mathematician, who initially taught Hebrew in Heidelberg. He issued his first mapping of Germany in 1529, after which he issued a call for geographical information about Germany to scholars throughout the country. The response was better than hoped for, and included substantial foreign material, which supplied him with up to date, if not necessarily accurate maps for the issuance of his Geographia in 1540.

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