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1545. General tafel begreifend der gantzen undern weldt beschrenbung

  • General tafel begreifend der gantzen undern weldt beschrenbung

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Year of creation: 
Resolution size (pixels): 
 8561x6674 px
Disk Size: 
 21.4769MiB
Number of pages: 
 1
Place: 
 Basle
Author: 

Print information. Print size (Width x height in inches):
Printing at 72 dpi 
  118.9 х 92.69
Printing at 150 dpi 
 57.07 х 44.49
Printing at 300 dpi 
 28.54 х 22.25

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General tafel begreifend der gantzen undern weldt beschrenbung

First edition of Munster's map of the World, one of the most recognized world maps of the 16th century.

This example is from the first woodblock (1540-1545), which can be distinguished from the editions of 1550 and after, the later editions being significantly revised and including the initials (DK) of the engraver David Kandel.

The map is based upon a mix of information derived from Verrazano's explorations (1522-24), which mistook the Chesapeake for the Pacific Ocean, and Cartier's voyages (1534-35) up the St. Lawrence in search of the Northwest Passage. The west coast of America appears on the right side of the map. This is also the 1st map to name the Pacific Ocean (Mare Pacificum). Munster is non-committal as to the continuity of North and South America, an unbroken Central America being implied but not clearly shown. Though unnamed, Terra Australis is present but small, only serving to form the Magellan Strait.

All of North America is called Terra Florida. Munster here adds further to the current confusion over Taprobana and Ceylon, depicting a Sumatra-shaped Taprobana on the west side of the Indian subcontinent, and Java in the approximately correct size and position of Sri Lanka.

Shirley 77.

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Year of creation:
Size:
8561x6674 px
Disk:
21.4769MiB
Number of pages:
1
Place:
Basle
Author:
Sebastian Munster.
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