Amongst Women woodcut Famous Women old print Munster.
Title: De Illustribus Scyhiae mulierbus (The Latin phrase meaning “amongst women”)
A beautiful 17th-century colored Woodcut illustration.
De mulieribus claris (English: Famous Women or On Famous Women or Of Famous Women) is a collection of biographies of historical and mythological women by the Florentine author Giovanni Boccaccio, first published in 1374. It is notable as the first collection devoted exclusively to biographies of women in Western literature. At the same time as he was writing On Famous Women, Boccaccio also compiled a collection of biographies of famous men.
Origin: The Cosmographia Latin edition.
Mapmaker: Sebastian Munster (1488-1552) was one of the most important and famous mapmakers of the mid-sixteenth century, published two books, an edition of Ptolemy's Geographia, in 1540, with 48 double-page woodcut maps, and his Cosmographia, published in 1544, which contained upwards of five hundred woodcuts, including 24 double-page maps. The Cosmographia was published in 46 editions. In German between 1544 and 1628, in Latin between 1550 and 1559, in Italian in 1558 and in French in 1575.
Leaf app.:12.5 x 6.2 inch-31.5 x 21 cm. Image app.: 5 x 2.1 inch- 12.7 x 5.5 cm Condition: A fine antique historic leaf, with some slight paper toning and spotted as typical for Munster. Text Latin.