21 November 2012
MÜNSTER, Sebastian (1489-1552). Cosmographiae universalis Lib. VI. Basel: Ex Officina Henricpetrina, 1572.
2° (315 x 205 mm). Woodcut vignette on title, woodcut portrait of Münster on verso, 26 woodcut double-page maps, one double-page woodcut of 'sea and land monsters' and more than a thousand small woodcuts in text with over 40 double-page town views including 3 folding views, printer's device on 3H8. (Double-page map of Palestine possible inserted from a German edition, double-page folding view of Heidelberg reinforced at folds, occasional light soiling and repaired marginal wormtracks). Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin, dark edges (light soiling, modern ties, extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: unidentified removed stamp.
FIRST LATIN EDITION IN ITS CONTEMPORARY BINDING. This Latin edition and the German edition, both published in the same year by Münster's son-in-law Heinrich Petri, were the first of Münster's works to contain town views. The world map is the first, by David Kandel, showing the New World and it also first appeared in this edition, replacing the Ptolemaic world map used in previous editions (Shirley). Most copies have only 24 double-page town views. Adams M1908; Alden and Landis 550/27; Burmeister 86; Sabin 51379; Shirley 92.
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Please note that the present book is a later Latin edition of the work and not a first edition as stated in the catalogue.
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