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Münster, Sebastian

Die Siebenbürg so man sunst auch Transsylvaniam nent

Antique Die Siebenbürg so man sunst auch Transsylvaniam nent

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  • Basel
  • 1578
  • 1578
  • Woodcut, uncolored.
  • map
  • Siebenbürgen
  • 255 by 345mm (10 by 13½ inches).
  • 29044
  • Double page woodcut map, on the full paper as published. A few minor tiny wormholes in the paper, centre fold minor browned, else in excellent condition.

Article description

Article description

Original uncolored woodcut map published in a German text edition of Sebastian Münster's ,Cosmographia' 1578 at Heinrich Petri in Basel. This original woodcut shows ,Siebenbürg(en)', also called Transylvania. The map extends in the northern parts towards the Carpartian mountains and in the south towards Bulgaria and the neighbouring Wallachia. In lower left bottom a large mileage scale. Mountains, rivers and woods are schematic shown on the map. Villages, smaller cities and towns are engraved as miniature city views. The reverse side illustrated with a decorative woodcut border with descriptive title in its centre. Sebastian Munster's ,Cosmographia' can be regarded probably as the most richly illustrated chronicle and description of the world published in the 16th century. It was illustrated throughout with woodcut illustrations, many of them within the text and several of them as double page or maps. Among them interesting and decorative city views, maps, costums, portraits, manners, etc. S. Munster's ,Cosmographia' appeared it various editions and languages between 1544 and 1628.

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