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Honter, Johann

Nova india, ut nostro tempore est explorata & cognita

Antique Nova india, ut nostro tempore est explorata & cognita

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  • Basel
  • 1561
  • India
  • 1561
  • map
  • Woodcut, hand colored, on the full textsheet.
  • 250 by 170mm (9¾ by 6¾ inches).
  • 32116
  • In excellent condition.

Article description

Article description

Original antique rare woodcut map, later hand colored, published in Johann Honter's "Rudimenta Cosmographica" in Basel. This decorative woodcut map shows India with Sri Lanka and islands in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are already named on this small rare map. In the lower right corner a sea monster to decorate this old 16th century map. Johann Honter (born in Brasov 1498 - 1549) was a German map cartographer, cosmographer and a Christian Hebraist scholar. He published in 1544 one of the earliest German descriptions of the world the Cosmographia in 1544. Born in Braşov (Kronstadt, Brassó), Transylvania, Kingdom of Hungary, nowadays Romania, he studied at the University of Vienna between 1520 and 1525, graduating with a magister artium title. As the Ottomans approached Vienna in 1529 (see Siege of Vienna), Honter moved first to Regensburg, and, in 1530, he registered at the Kraków's Jagiellonian University (in Poland) as "Johannes Georgii de Corona, artium magister Viennensis" (Corona is medieval Latin for Braşov). (Wikipedia)

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