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Introduction:

Münster's Cosmographia was the first German-language description of the world, and one of the defining books of the Renaissance. It contained 471 woodcuts and 26 maps over six volumes. First published in 1544, the Cosmographia was hugely popular in addition to being influential for contemporary cartographers like Mercator and Ortelius. It was published in at least 35 editions by 1628; these editions included examples in Latin, French, Italian, English, and Czech. After Münster's death, Henri Petri, and later his son, Sebastien Petri, took charge of printing editions.

Münster drew from his own travels in the work in addition to using other ancient and more modern sources. These sources included Herodotus, Strabo, and Titius Livius, as well as Marcantonio Sabellico, Beatus Rhenanus, and Aegidius Tschudi. Münster additionally collected reports from recent travelers, which he integrated into his descriptions. These descriptions generally included detailed overviews of the customs, dress, and organization of peoples around the world, earning him a prominent place in the histories of geography and anthropology.


Place/Date:
Basel / 1550 circa
Size:
13.5 x 10.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
72088
Place/Date:
Basle / 1550 circa
Size:
14.8 x 10.8 inches (including text)
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
77890
Place/Date:
Basle / 1550 circa
Size:
14 x 11 inches Including Text
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
79783
Place/Date:
Basle / 1560 circa
Size:
7 x 10 inches Including Text
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
77379
Place/Date:
Basle / 1570 circa
Size:
14 x 10.5 inches Including Text
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
77630
Place/Date:
Basel / 1584 circa
Size:
6 x 5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
77813
Place/Date:
Basel / 1588 circa
Size:
14 x 12.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
68682

Archived

Place/Date:
Basel / 1550
Size:
13.5 x 11 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
78819
Place/Date:
Basel / 1552
Size:
15.5 x 10 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
68713
Place/Date:
Basel / 1570 circa
Size:
7 x 11 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
68327
Place/Date:
Basel / 1588 circa
Size:
12 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
60709
Place/Date:
Basel / 1588 circa
Size:
12 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
61888
Place/Date:
Basel / 1590 circa
Size:
14 x 12.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
68037