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Cosmographiae universalis Lib. VI.

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Cosmographiae universalis Lib. VI.

by MUNSTER, Sebastian (1489-1552)

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Basel: Henrich Petri, 1552. Folio (12 x 7 6/8 inches). Letterpress title-page with woodcut architectural border (laid-down in the 19th-century), 14 fine numbered woodcut double-page maps, 43 double-page plates of city views mounted on guards (some browning and spotting, margins repaired A2, one or two marginal tears occasionally touching the image, closed tear on page 25, b5, crossing the text, last two leaves with early repairs affecting the text, some early coloring). 17th-century sheep (scuffed at the extremities with some surface-wear, endpapers renewed in the 19th-century). Provenance: 19th-century ownership inscription of E. de Freville with a Latin motto on the front paste-down; 19th-century ink library stamp on the front free endpaper. A reprint of the definitive edition of the text first published in 1550. Including separate sections on Africa, Asia and "De Novis Insulis, quomodo, quando & per quem" between pages 1099 and 1113, a description of America including accounts of the voyages and explorations of Columbus, Vespucci, Magellan, &c. The map of America, "Tabula nouarum insularum.", is in Burden's state 5. Sebastian Munster was to become one of "the most influential cartographers in the sixteenth century" (Burden). Essentially he published Ptolemy's "Geography" with a "further section of modern, more up to date maps. He included for the first time a set of continental maps, the America was the earliest of any note. He was one of the first to create space in the woodblock for insertion of place-names in metal type. The maps' inclusion in Munster's "Cosmography" sealed the fate of "America" as the name for the new world. The book proved to be very popular, there being nearly forty editions during the following 100 years." (Burden). Burden 12; Sabin 51380. .


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