8 December 2015
MÜNSTER, Sebastian (1489-1552). Tabula novarum insularum, quas diversis respectibus Occidentales & Indianas vocant. [Basel, ca 1554].
Woodcut hand-colored map of America, image 256 x 339 mm (304 x 398 mm sheet). Latin text on verso (some browning and light staining).
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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