Sebastian Munster, 1555-1560 :
La cosmographie universelle, contenant la situation de toutes les parties du monde, avec leurs proprietez & appartenances… avex privilege du Roy. De Basle l’an 1555 au moys de Novembre. On colophon on last page: Mille cinq centz & soixante (1560). Later (18th century?) calf, scuffed on upper and lower spine; later endpapers contemporary with the binding. Generally fine with good, opaque paper for this work. Occasional foxing but overall a fine example this landmark, encyclopediac volume.


With :
• 14 double-page woodcut maps. The famous map of America corresponds to Burden state 11, here apparently a year before its first formal appearance in the German edition of 1561.
• 37 double-page town views on 36 double-pages
• 3 large panoramic views: Heidelberg and Vienna are fold-outs as usual, and are complete, while the large panoramic view of Worms, printed from two woodblocks, is also complete but here unjoined, bound as two separate double-page maps
• the double-page “monsters” woodcut
• more than 900 other woodcut illustrations (including repeats), including the David Kendall re-cutting of the Albrecht Dürer rhinoceros.
• the portrait of Munster at age 60

38 unnumbered leaves, which include the double-page maps, followed by 1397 numbered pages. The double-page view of Florence is loose, separated from the tab (but original to the volume). Tightly bound, though the loose Florence view indicates that centerfolds are not affected. Occasional single page mis-numbering corrected in pencil without break in sequence, plus a mis-numbering jump from 688-699.

French edition of this monumental geography that “taught nearly three generations of laymen most of what they knew about the world beyond their native places” (See Karrow, Mapmakers of the Sixteenth Century, quoting Gerald Strauss).