COSMOGRAPHIA (SEBASTIAN MÜNSTER)
The 1544 edition of Sebastian Munster (1488 – 1552), Cosmographia is the earliest German description of the world.
It had numerous editions in different languages including Latin, French, Italian, English, and Czech. The last German edition was published in 1628.
The Cosmographia was one of the most successful and popular books of the 16th century. It passed through 24 editions in 100 years. This success was due to the notable woodcuts (some by Hans Holbein the Younger, Urs Graf, Hans Rudolph Manuel Deutsch, and David Kandel). It was most important in reviving geography in 16th-century Europe.
His first geographic works were Germania descriptio (1530) and Mappa Europae (1536). In 1540 he published a Latin edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia with illustrations. The 1550 edition contains cities, portraits, and costumes. These editions, printed in Germany, are the most valued of the Cosmographias.
1 Content of the 1544–1598 editions
2 Editions of Cosmographia
4 External links
CONTENT OF THE 1544–1598 EDITIONS
Book I – Astronomy, Mathematics, Physical Geography, Cartography
Book II – England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Savoy, Trier, Italy
Book III – Germany, Alsace, Switzerland, Austria, Carniola, Istria, Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, Pomerania, Prussia, Livland
Book IV – Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Walachia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Turkey
Book V – Asia Minor, Cyprus, Armenia, Palestine, Arabia, Persia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Scythia, Tartary, India, Ceylon, Burma, China, East Indies, Madagascar, Zanzibar, America
Book VI – Mauritania, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, South Africa, East Africa
EDITIONS OF COSMOGRAPHIA
German (27) 1544, 1546, 1548, 1550, 1553, 1556, 1558, 1561, 1564, 1567, 1569, 1572, 1574, 1578, 1579, 1580, 1581, 1582, 1583, 1584, 1585, 1586, 1587, 1588, 1589, 1590, 1592, 1598, 1614, 1628 (too many)
Latin (8) 1550, 1552, 1554, 1559, 1572
French (3) 1552, 1556, 1560, 1565, 1568, 1575
Italian (3) 1558, 1575
Czech (1) 1554
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