Sebastian Munster World Map
World map 1588. 12-3/4 x 14-3/8 inches. This map was engraved in woodcut and published in Basel by Sebastian Petri. After 1588, this map was only re-published in posthumous German editions of Sebastian Munster's Cosmographia issued in 1592, 1598, 1614, and 1628, and is thus rare.
"Die erst General Tafel / die Beschreibung und den Circkel des gantzen Erdtrichs und Meers innhaltende.". Early depiction of the world devotes half the area to the New World, with German title printed above the border, and Latin nomenclature. Clearly based on the 1564 copperplate map Typus Orbis Terrarum by Ortelius, it shows the fabled Northwest Passage above the North American continent, believed to link the north Atlantic and the north Pacific Oceans. At the bottom a huge land mass intended to encompass Antarctica is labeled Terra Australis Nondum Cognita (Southern Land Not Yet Known).
Sebastian Munster (January 20, 1488 - May 26 1552), was a German cartographer, cosmographer, and a Hebrew scholar. Heinrich Petri (1508 - 1579) and his son Sebastian Henric Petri (1545 – 1627) were printers based in Basel, Switzerland.