Munster’s striking world map illustrated by Hans Holbein
By MUNSTER, Sebastian, 1532
Typus Cosmographicus Universalis.
- Author: MUNSTER, Sebastian
- Publication place: [Basel
- Publication date: 1532].
- Physical description: Large woodcut world on an oval projection, printed on two sheets joined.
- Dimensions: 410 by 600mm (16.25 by 23.5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 1697
Geographically the map is quite antiquated and was probably prepared prior to 1532 and based upon Apian’s map, or Schoner’s globes of 1520. The representation of the New World bears a striking similarity to Waldseemuller’s world map of 1507. The oval projection is similar to the one used by Bordone in his ‘Isolario’ of 1528. The elaborate borders are enhanced with imaginary scenes of cannibals, winged serpents, elephants, and monsters; at both poles there appear winged angels turning the world on its axis.
- Shirley 67
- Shirley, Rodney. (1987). The mapping of the world. London: Holland Press.