vortecpan Single authentic woodcut leaf from "Cosmographia" by Sebastian Münster. Latin edition; Basel printing house of Sebastian Heinrich-Petri 1552. Book III, pages 571-2.
Sebastian Münster (1488-1552) was a German cartographer, cosmographer, and Hebrew scholar whose Cosmographia (1544; "Cosmography") was the earliest German description of the world and a major work - after the Nuremberg Chronicle of 1493 - in the revival of geographic thought in 16th-century Europe. Altogether, about 40 editions of the Cosmographia appeared during 1544-1628. Although other cosmographies predate Münster's, he is given first place in historical discussions of this sort of publication, and was a major influence on his subject for over 200 years. Cosmographia contained not only the latest maps and views of many well-known cities, but included an encyclopaedic amount of detail about the known - and unknown - world and undoubtedly must have been one of the most widely read books of its time. Aside from the well-known maps and views present in
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Old Maps, Woodcut Leaves, Antique Prints, Incunabula 1552 Munster Leaf Swabia Woodcut Mounted Knights Horses
1552 Description of Swabia in Germany from "Cosmographia" by Sebastian Münster
Swabia, Schwäbisch Hall
Impressive Woodcut Picture by Hans Rudolf Deutsch: Two Knights in Full Armor Charging at Each Other on Horses