Leen Helmink Antique Maps

Europe by Münster

Cartographer

Münster

Title

Europa das ein drittheil der Erden / nach gelegenheit unsern zeiten.

Published

Basle, 1540

Size

25.0 x 33.0 cms

Technique

Woodcut

Stock number

18717

Condition

excellent

Price

$ 1200

Description

M├╝nster's influential map of Europe, oriented with south at the top.
M├╝nster explains in the accompanying text that the northern regions (viz. Scandinavia) are not shown because there is still too much uncertainty about their geography. According to Van der Heijden, this is the earliest overview map of the European continent as a whole.

"A boldly engraved woodcut map, oriented with north to the foot of the page, issued in both the 'Geographia' and the 'Cosmographia'.

(Potter).