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Sebastian Münster:  [Jerusalem] Die Heilige Statt Jerusalem Contrafehtet nach Form und Gestalt wie sie Ietz Erbauwen ist

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Title: [Jerusalem] Die Heilige Statt Jerusalem Contrafehtet nach Form und Gestalt wie sie Ietz Erbauwen ist

Map Maker: Sebastian Münster

Place / Date: Basel / 1570 ca

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 15 x 6 inches

Condition: VG+

Price: $675.00

Inventory ID: 46745


A Fine 16th Century View of Jerusalem From Munster's Highly Infuential Work

Finely colored example of this early view of Jerusalem.

Munster's Geographia (first published in 1540) and his later Cosmographia, were cartographic landmarks. The Geographia included not only Ptolemaic maps, but also a number of landmark modern maps, including the first separate maps of the 4 continents, the first map of England and the earliest obtainable map of Scandinavia. The Cosmographia (first published in 1544) was the earliest German description of the world and a major work in the revival of geographic thought in 16th-century Europe. Altogether, about 40 editions of the Cosmographia appeared between 1544 and 1628.

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. 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. 

References: Laor, E. 1087

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