SOLD: 1550 Münster - Africa [Mountains of the Moon]

SOLD: 1550 Münster miniature woodcut map of Africa

Title:

[Africa]

Map maker:

Sebastian Münster, Cosmographia...

Place and Year:

Basel, 1550

Dimensions:

12.7 x 15.8 cm (5 x 6¼ in)

Technique:

Woodblock printing

Coloring:

Uncolored

Condition Rating:

VG

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DETAILS

Unusual map of Africa from Münster's Cosmographia, depicting the Nile's origins in twin lakes originating in the Motes Lunae (the Mountains of the Moon), based on Ptolemy's account of the region.

The map excludes the Horn of Africa and the Cape of Good Hope, but many kingdoms of central and north Africa are shown.

Verso Text: German

CONDITION NOTES

A little toned, text on verso slightly visible through the map; very good. On a half-sheet (clipped) of paper.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00081

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