Sebastian Munster (German, 1488-1552), Die Lander Asie nach irer
Die Lander Asie nach irer (sic) Gelegenheit bisz in india werden in diser Tafel verzeichnet
Basel: Sebastian Munster, c. 1545
Paper size: 13" x 10"
The first printed map of the Asian continent. Shows Asia from the Caspian Sea to the Pacific. The islands of Java, Borneo, Moluccas (Spice Islands) and others are named. With sea monster and mermaid. On the reverse title surrounded by a beautiful woodcut border. From the German edition of the cosmography of Sebastian Münster, 1574 with the title Cosmographey or description of all countries published by Heinrich Petri in Basel. The wooden stick on this map first came to Seb in 1540. Münster's Geographia Universalis in action.
Sebastian Münster was born in Ingelheim (Palatinate) in 1489. As a Franciscan he converted to Protestantism in 1529 and became a professor of theology, Hebrew and mathematics at the University of Basel. He was one of the most important geographers of the 16th century. His Cosmographia from 1544 was one of the most widely read books of its time and appeared in six languages and nearly 40 editions. Münster was the first cartographer to print each of the four known continents on a single sheet of paper. His second important work, the Geographia, is a new edition of the Geographia of Ptolemy. He died of the plague in Basel in May 1552.
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