23 April 2001
MÜNSTER, Sebastian (1489-1552). Cosmographiae universalis Lib. VI. Basel: Heinrich Petri, 1550.
2o (333 x 215 mm). Title-page within woodcut border, woodcut portrait of Münster on verso; 14 woodcut double-page maps, including 2 world maps (the first, by David Kandel, showing the New World) and one map of the Americas; 39 woodcut double-page town views (including the "panorama" views of Worms, Heidelberg and Vienna, unjoined and bound in as separate double sheets); one double-page woodcut of "sea and land monsters"; approximately 75 other maps and views in the text; and approximately 900 small woodcuts in text (some repeated); printer's device on Hhh8v. (Second world map, a5 and Hhh8 with marginal paper repairs, *1-a8 (including maps) with some pale marginal dampstaining, NN3 and NN6 browned, other occasional marginal paper flaws not affecting text, some pale dampstaining, light browning or spotting.) Contemporary Swiss(?) limp vellum, overlapping edges, original vellum spine-lining cut from a 16th-century manuscript, later leather ties; modern green quarter morocco folding case.
Provenance: a few leaves with contemporary marginalia -- 18th- century manuscript shelf number on title-page -- [Richard Arkway] -- [Lathrop Harper]
FIRST LATIN EDITION. 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 map of the modern world, "Typus Orbis Universalis," also first appeared in this edition, replacing the Ptolemaic world map used in previous editions (cf. Shirley 77). VERY FINE COPY IN ITS FIRST BINDING. Adams M1908; Alden and Landis 550/27; Burmeister 86; Sabin 51379; Shirley 92.
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