1552 Munster Leaf Swabia Woodcut Mounted Knights Horses

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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

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 the Cosmographia (including the first separate printed map of the Western Hemisp, the text is thickly sprinkled with vigorous woodcuts: portraits of kings and princes, costumes and occupations, habits and customs, flora and fauna, monsters and horrors.

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This most interesting authentic leaf from the early Latin edition of Cosmographia is devoted to Swabia (Schwaben), a historic region of southwestern Germany, including what is now the southern portion of Baden-Württemberg and the southwestern part of Bavaria in Germany, as well as eastern Switzerland and Alsace. The leaf talks about Schwäbisch Hall in Baden-Württemberg, on the Kocher River, east of Heilbronn. The centre of the Hohenlohe lands, a free imperial city from 1276 to 1802, it owed both its foundation and its prosperity to its saline springs and the salt trade. It retains its medieval character, with a fine marketplace, half-timbered houses, and wooden bridges.
The leaf contains a woodcut picture of a tournament scene: two mounted knights in full armor charging each other at full speed (6.1 x 2.9 inches). This impressive picture was drawn by Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch; it carries his initials RMD. Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (1525-1571) was a painter, designer and poet. Probably apprenticed with Maximilian Wischack in Basel in the early 1540s, he often designed for publishers in that city, although he lived in Bern. From 1562 he was governor of Morges in the canton of Waadt. See scans for more details; larger version.

Page measures 8.2 x 12.3 inches. Printed on laid paper. Wide margins. The leaf is in good condition. Imperfections: minor handling and browning in margins. A contemporary owner has left three sepia-toned ink markings/corrections. This is a rare and exceptionally interesting historical document which will look great with a mat and frame. This item is unconditionally guaranteed to be original and as described. We do not sell reproductions or copies. I am a member of the International Map Collectors' Society (IMCoS) and the Washington Map Society . If you have questions about this item, please contact me Please read the entire description, view...