By H[ONDIUS, Hendrik], 1602
Sebastianus Munsterus Cosmographus nostri felix Germanus
- Author: H[ONDIUS, Hendrik]
- Publication place: [The Hague
- Publisher: ex officina Bucoldi Cornelii Nieulandii
- Publication date: 1602].
- Physical description: Engraved portrait.
- Dimensions: 170 by 123mm (6.75 by 4.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17795
Sebastian Münster (1488 — 1552) became a Franciscan friar in 1506, studying in Tübingen and teaching in Basel and Heidelberg before leaving the order and moving permanently to Basel in 1529, where he took up the chair in Hebrew. Famous in his own age as a Hebraist, he composed a Hebrew grammar and a thesaurus of Hebrew, Latin and Greek synonyms which were used widely by sixteenth-century humanists. Whilst in Basel, Münster also indulged in his other great love: that of cartography.
The love affair had begun some years earlier in Tübingen, while under the tutelage of Johann Stöffler: Münster’s notebook from this period contains some 43 manuscript maps, most of which were based upon others’ work. Münster would publish his first original map in a printed broadsheet of 1525.
Throughout the next decade he produced several important works that would cement his reputation as one of the leading cartographers of his day, and in 1544, Münster produced his magnum opus, the ‘Cosmographia’. The work would prove to be so popular that some 40 editions in 5 different languages were published between 1544 and 1628, with the number of maps expanding from 26 to 262 by 1628.
- BM 1874,0613.1793.