Decorative example of Sebastian Munster's second map of Asia, first published in 1588.
The map is significantly updated from Munster's first map of Asia, which was published in 1540 and, when issued, was the first printed map of the Asian Continent. The present map is heavily influenced by Ortelius' map of 1570 and follows the map with respect to many of its details and the map's projection.
Sebastian Münster (1489-1552) was a professor of Hebrew who taught at Heidelberg and Basel. He settled in the latter in 1529 and died there, of plague, in 1552. Münster made himself the center of a large network of scholars from whom he obtained geographic descriptions, maps, and directions. He is best known for his Cosmographia universalis, first published in 1554 and released in forty editions by 1628.