Description Nouvelle d'Europe.
Woodcut. Printed area 270 x 340mm (10½ x 13¼"). Split in centre fold. tear in lower margin.
Sebastian Munster's famous upside-down map of Europe, regarded as the first printed map of the continent of Europe despite omitting most of Scandinavia. This example was published in a French-text edition of Munster's 'Cosmographia', decorated with a vignette of a caravel. Sebastian Münster (1488-1552) was a Christian Hebraist scholar as well as a cartographer and cosmographer. His 'Cosmographia', first published in 1544, is the earliest German description of the world.
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