5 December 2008
MÜNSTER, Sebastian (1489-1552). Tabula novarum insularum, quas diversis respectibus Occidentales & Indianas vocant. [Basel, ca 1554].
Woodcut map, 312 x 401 mm. Latin text on verso. Matted and framed.
First issued in 1540, Münster's map was the first to name the Pacific Ocean (Mare Pacifum) and also to show one of the earliest depictions of Japan (Zipangri). The ship along the middle left is Magellan's Victoria, the only vessel of five to survive his voyage. Münster relied on Verrazano's accounts of the New World and on Marco Polo's descriptions of Eastern Asia for much of the cartographic detail. Published in both Ptolemy's Geographia and Münster's own Cosmography, this copy of the map is Burden's state 7. Burden 12; Schwartz and Ehrenberg The Mapping of America, pp.43-45.
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