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The Monster of Krakow from "Comographia, das ist: Beschreibung der gantzen Welt

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The Monster of Krakow from "Comographia, das ist: Beschreibung der gantzen Welt

by Sebastian Munster

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Basel: Heinrich Petri, 1578. Disbound. Very good. This disbound leaf from Munsters "Cosmographia" measures 8" x 13.5". it contains two woodcuts, one showing the Monster of Krakow and the other the Lithuanian coat of arms. The leaf is in nice shape with some marginal toning. The Monster of Krakow was a horribly deformed baby viriously claimed to have been born in either Krakow or the Netherlands in either 1543 or 1547. The child died within four days, however this drawing of it as an adult was based on descriptions recorded at its birth. The 'monster' supposedly had webbed claws instead of feet and hands, a forked tail, flaming red eyes, a lion's mouth, an elephans trunk, and small animal heads at it armpits, elbows, and knees. Contemporary scholars debated at length as to whether the child was product of intercourse between a demon and a woman, an example of divine retribution, the consequence of a horrific even experiened by the mother during pregnance, or the result of corrupt semen. Sebastian Munster was a cosmographer and professor of Hebrew who taught at several European universitys. During his life, he became the center of a network of scholars who provided him with maps, anecdotes, and descriptions of pehnomena of the known world. In 1554, he first published his "Cosmographia" which contained 471 woodcut illustrations and 26 maps. it was reprinted in six languages in 46 ediitions of the next hundred years, and Munster's writings, maps, and illustrations influenced scholarly thought for generations beyond that.


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