Old, antique Ptolemaic map of Germania by S. Munster.
Tabula Europae IIII, 1542.
Old Ptolemaic map of Germania by S. Munster.
Date of the first edition: 1540
Date of this map: 1542
Size: 26.5 x 34.5cm (10.3 x 13.3 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition Rating: A
References: Karrow, 58/78.
From: Geographia Universalis, Vetus et Nova, complectens Claidii Prolemaei Alexandrini enarrationis libros VIII. Basel, Heinrich Petri, 1542.
The woodcut border surrounding the type of the verso is the work of Hans Holbein.
Sebastian Münster (1488-1552), geographer, cartographer, Hebraist, and theologian, produced sixty-one double-page maps for use in various editions of Ptolemy's Geographia and in his own Cosmographia. Some of these maps appeared in all editions of both works, some only in certain editions. All were woodcut maps with the title supplied in letterpress in the upper margin; these titles varied from edition to edition.
Münster based his edition of Ptolemy on the Latin translation by Willibald Pirkheimer.