Malta - Cosmographia
Very interesting woodblock sheet from the 1570
German edition of Sebastian Muenster's Cosmographie
contains a colored map of the Island of Malta
and an illustration of sugar cane. On the reverse
is a text about the "Royal City of Palermo"
Page size: Around 9 X 14 inches
Condition: Some light browing and a
few faint spots as shown.
Sebastian Muenster was born in
1488 at Ingelheim, (Germany) and died in 1552
in Basel, (Switzerland).
Muenster was the true renaissance man: historian,
mathematician, geographer, and linguist. For
a time he was a Franciscan Monk. After the reformation,
he converted to Protestantism. He taught Hebrew
at the University of Heidelberg before settling
in Basel in 1529.
As a cartographer, he is perhaps
best known for his book the Cosmographia published
in 1544 which aimed to give a comprehensive
picture of the known world in the 16th Century.
Muenster's other works include an illustrated
Latin edition of Ptolemy's Geographia with illustrations,
a triligual dictionary in Greek, Latin and Hebrew
and the Mappa Europae or map of Europe (1536).
A portrait of Sebastian Muenster appeared on
the old German DM notes that were published
before the 1990s.
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