1545 Münster - Tabula Asiae I (Turkey)
1545 Münster woodcut Ptolemaic map of Turkey
Tabula Asiae I (Turkey)
Sebastian Münster, Heinrich Petri
26 x 34 cm (10.2 x 13.4 in)
The first edition of Münster's map of Turkey, based upon Claudius Ptolemy which appeared in his Geographia Universalis, first published in 1540.
The Geographia was a new and important edition of Ptolemy, with redesigned maps and text revised by Münster based on the Willibald Pirckheimer's Latin translation with corrections of 1535 by Servetus.
On the verso is a decorative woodcut border probably executed by the famous 16th century woodcutter Hans Holbein. The map is unchanged from the 1540 edition.
The Geographia was a landmark work which contained, along with the Ptolemaic maps, several of the most significant modern maps in the history of cartography.
Woodblock map with letterpress on verso. Paper with usual age-toning. Very good throughout. Paper size 30 x 38 cm.