France – Lyon – Lion. ; Hartman Schedel – 1493

Sebastian Münster (1488 – 1552) / Heinrich Petri (1508–1579)

Früheste moderne Deutschlandkarte auf einem Blatt. Ein schönes Beispiel für Holzschnitt-Handwerkskunst. Antike Karte aus Sebastian Münsters berühmter Geographia, erschienen 1552.

Earliest modern map of Germany on one sheet. A beautiful example of woodcut craftsmanship. Antique map from Sebastian Münster’s famous Geographia, published in 1552.

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Description

In his Tübinger years around 1515, Münster not only redraw the Carta Itineraria Europae of Waldseemüller, he also created some detailed maps op European Regions. Inspired by the map Jan van Hoirne published of the Dutch region in Antwerpen in 1526, Münster improved this first individuel map of the German region and published it as one of the Tabula Moderna in his Geographia in 1540. 

Details

  • Type: cartographic print
  • Title: Germania VI Nova TabulaFolio LXXXVIII (88) from: Liber Chronicarum. (= Nuremberg Chronicle). Nuremberg, Koberger, 1493.
  • Publication: 1552 (first publication 1540)
  • Technique: copper engraving
  • Carthographer: Martin Waldseemüller / Jan van Hoirne / Sebastian Münster (adjustments)
  • Illustrator: Sebastian Münster
  • Liber Chronicarum (..) by Koberger in Nuremberg
  • 25.2 x 34.5 cm (9.9 x 13.6 inches)
  • 32.0 x 41.7 cm (12.6 x 16.4 inches)
  • Verso: Latin text, pg. 33
  • M2260GN
  • Source: Meurer Corpus 2.8.1 Tafel 2-11, Nordenskiöld Early history of carthography 29

Condition: A

Sehr gut, dem Alter entsprechend. Mittelfalte wie ausgestellt. Schöner klarer Druck. Allgemeine altersbedingte Tönung und/oder gelegentliche kleinere Mängel durch die Handhabung. Kleines Loch im oberen Rand. Papier in der oberen rechten Ecke rückseitig verstärkt.

Very good, given age. Centrefold as issued. Nice clear print. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Little hole in upper margin. Paper in the upper right corner reinforced on verso.

Sebastian Münster (1488 – 1552)

Sebastian Münster was een beroemde Duitse carthograaf en cosmograaf. In 1505 werd Münster Franciscaner monnik, vanaf 1509 als leerling van Konrad Pelikan. Münster voltooide zijn studie aan de Universiteit van Tübingen in 1518. Nadat Münster in 1518 naar Bazel was verhuisd publiceerde hij zijn eerste tekst Epitome Hebraicae Grammaticae. Dit werk was één van de eerste taalboeken over Hebreeuws die in Duitsland werd gepubliceerd. Van 1521 tot 1529 werkte en doceerde Münster in Heidelberg. Hij publiceerde er talrijke Hebreeuwse teksten, in 1531 Horologiographia (uurwerken en zonnewijzers) en in 1536 Organum Uranicum (bewegingen der planeten).

In 1536 maakte Münster als eerste een kaart van Europa op één blad. Bovendien op het zuiden georiënteerd, een noviteit in navolging van Waldseemüller en Ertzlaub. Deze kaartenmakers waren in staat om de gangbare Ptolemeus kaarten te verbeteren en de nieuwe wereld vorm te geven. Vanaf 1540 tot 1552 publiceerde Münster de Geographia met Ptolemeus kaarten en een aantal moderne kaarten. Vanaf 1544 publiceerde Münster de Cosmographia met kaarten én uitgebreide beschrijvingen van de wereld. De impact van dit vernieuwende boek was zo groot, dat wij Münster mogen beschouwen als één van de belangrijkste wetenschappers van onze geschiedenis.

In mei 1552 stierf Münster aan de pest in Bazel en werd daar begraven. Zijn werken bleven invloedrijk in de periode van de volgende generatie ‘moderne’ kaartenmakers. Na de dood van Heinnrich Petri in 1579 naam zijn zoon Sebastian Henric Petri de uitgeverij over.

Sebastian Münster was a German cartographer, cosmographer and professor. He was born in Niederingelheim, as a farmer’s son. In 1505 Münster became a Franciscan monk and studied philosophy and theology at the university of the order in Heidelberg. In 1507 he continued his education in Löwen, where he studied mathematics, geography and astronomy. After a transfer to Freiburg, he also began to study Hebrew, which he continued after entering the St. Katharina monastery in Rouffach/Alsace in 1509 to study under Konrad Pellikan, the important German humanist. Beyond theology, Pellikan was a teacher of Hebrew, Greek, mathematics and cosmography and Münster became interested in these subjects. In 1511, when Pellikan moved to Pforzheim, Münster duly followed him. In 1512 Sebastian Münster was ordained as a priest in Pforzheim. From 1514 to 1518 he taught as a lecturer of philosophy and theology at the university of his order in Tübingen and conducted astronomical-mathematical and geographical studies.

After Münster moved to Basel in 1518, he published his first text, a survey of Hebrew grammar Epitome Hebraicae Grammaticae, which was one of the first-ever language books on Hebrew published in Germany. From 1521 to 1529 Münster worked and taught in Heidelberg, published numerous Hebrew texts and wrote the first books written in Aramaic ever to be published in Germany. His permanent cosmographical interest is reflected by his lectures at the university and his published map of Germany in 1525, as well as his treatise on sundials in Erklerung des newen Instrument der Sunnen in 1528.

Being a Franciscan monk, he subsequently became a friend of Martin Luther and in 1529 Sebastian Münster converted to the reformation and took over the chair of Hebrew at the University of Basel, where reformation had just been established. A little later he married Ana Selber, the widow of his book printer. Münster’s stepson Heinrich Petri from then on published most of his books. In 1534-1535 Sebastian Münster finally published his main work in Hebrew, which met with international acclaim: a two-volume edition of the Old Testament “Biblia Hebraica” with a Latin translation and annotations.

In 1536, Münster was the first to make a map of Europe on one sheet. Moreover, it is oriented to the south, a novelty following Waldseemüller and Ertzlaub. These mapmakers were able to improve the common Ptolemy maps and shape the new world. From 1540 to 1552 Münster published the Geographia with Ptolemy maps and a number of modern maps. From 1544 Münster published the Cosmographia with maps and extensive descriptions of the world. The impact of this innovative book was so great that we can consider Münster as one of the most important scientists in our history.

In the May of 1552, Münster died of plague in Basle and was buried in there, but his works remained influential in the period of the next generation of great modern map makers. After the death of Heinnrich Petri in 1579, his son Sebastian Henric Petri continued publishing.

Martin Waldseemüller (ca. 1470 – 1520)

Waldseemüller was a German cartographer and humanist scholar. his work was influential among contemporary cartographers. He and his collaborator Matthias Ringmann are credited with the first recorded usage of the word America to name a portion of the New World in honour of the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. Waldseemüller was also the first to map South America as a continent separate from Asia, the first to produce a printed globe and the first to create a printed wall map of Europe. A set of his maps printed as an appendix to the 1513 edition of Ptolemy‘s Geography is considered to be the first example of a modern atlas.

Cosmographia

De Cosmographia uit 1544 was de eerste samenhangede beschrijving van de geschiedenis van de wereld en haar continenten in een boek van 600 pagina’s. Het was één van de succesvolste en belangrijkste uitgaven van de renaissance. Het werk is in meer dan 24 edities en in diverse talen talen uitgegeven. Het succes van de Cosmographia komt mede door de schoonheid van de houtsnedes, gemaakt door beroemdheden als Hans Holbein de Jongere, Urs Graf, Hans Rudolph Manuel Deutsch en David Kandel. De aanzichten en kaarten in de Cospographia zijn gebaseerd op Schedel en Waldseemüller. Maar Münster verdiepte de kennis, creëerde nieuwe beelden en schiep een groeiend werk. In iedere nieuwe editie voegde hij de laatste informatie toe. Er zijn in alle drukken vanaf 1550 een aantal Nederlandse en Belgische provincies, stadsplattegronden en aanzichten opgenomen: Holland, Brabant, Vlaanderen, Friesland, Amsterdam (1550), Utrecht (1572), Antwerpen, Leuven, Brugge, Gent, Haarlem, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Groningen (1574), Leiden (1614).

The Cosmographia of 1544 was the earliest description of the world in the German-language and it was the most important and famous cosmography of the Renaissance. It contained more than 600 pages. It was made in the tradition of Martin Waldseemüller’s Geographia, who was the first to publish the Ptolemy’s maps with a section of modern maps in 1510. In its first intent Münster’s project was the correction of erroneous cartographical data through uniformly conducted empirical research. Yet, as he travelled, measuring and mapping over years, the idea evolved. Münster’s knowledge increased, he amassed ever-more and more varied information, and his understanding of the value of geography to man deepened. The cartographical fruits of his work became increasingly conjoined with the history of the places shown, and those places and their histories were increasingly shown in relation of the whole: the geographical and historical ‘big picture’ (McLean, 2007)

It had numerous editions in different languages including Latin, French, Italian, English, and even Czech. The Cosmographia was one of the most successful and popular works of the 16th century. It passed through 24 editions in 100 years. This success was due to the fascinating woodcuts (some by Hans Holbein the Younger, Urs Graf, Hans Rudolph Manuel Deutsch, and David Kandel), in addition to including the first to introduce separate maps for each of the four continents known then – America, Africa, Asia and Europe. The first editions from 1544 to 1548 bear the Latin title Cosmographia, the editions from 1550 to 1614 the German title Cosmographei oder beschreibung aller länder, herrschafften, fürnemsten stetten, geschichten, gebreüchen, hantierungen (…) oder Cosmographey. The editions from 1615 to 1628 are again entitled Cosmographia. The last German edition was published in 1628, containing more than 1800 pages.

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