Description: Historic city map of Lübeck; with a putto at left holding the arms of the city; another among the clouds at right holding a tablet with the town's name; illustration to the German edition of Sebastian Münster, 'Cosmographia', Basle: Heinrich Petri.
Fine attractive hand colored woodcut, 440 years old.
Sebastian Munster (1488-1552) Is one of the most important and famous mapmakers of the mid-sixteenth century, and 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.
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Size: Size sheet app.: 41 x 34 cm. 16.25 x 13.25 inches. Condition : View overall very good, fold as published, text old German.