"Old Plan Of Paris In 1558 - Original Antique Map"Original plan published in Basel in 1578. Munster Sébastien cartographer and editor.
Very good state.
Beautiful watercolor colors.
Explaination in gothic at the back.
Sheet format: 39.5 x 33 cm.
Original antique map of 1558.
One of the first engraved representations of the city of Paris.
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Sebastian Münster (1488 -1552) was a cosmographer and Hebrew teacher who taught in Tübingen, Heidelberg and Basel. He settled there in 1529 and died of the plague there in 1552. As a young man, Münster joined the Franciscan order and studied philosophy in Heidelberg. He also studied geography and mathematics in Loewen, as well as Hebrew in Friborg. In 1512 he was ordained a priest and taught philosophy and theology in Tübingen from 1514 to 1518. In Tübingen, he also studied geography. He moved to Basel in 1518 and published a Hebrew grammar, one of the first works in Hebrew published in Germany. In 1521, Münster again moved to Heidelberg, where he continued to publish Hebrew texts and the first Aramaic books produced in Germany. After converting to Protestantism in 1529, he resumed his Hebrew pulpit in Basel, where he published his main work in Hebrew, an old testament in two volumes with a translation into Latin. Münster was at the center of a vast network of scholars from whom he obtained geographical descriptions, maps and territorial indications. He published his first known map, a map of Germany, in 1525. Three years later, he published a treaty on sundials. In 1540 he published the "Geographia universalis vetus et nova", an updated edition of "Geographia" by Ptolemy. In addition to the Ptolemaic maps, Münster added 21 modern maps. One of Münster's innovations was to include a map for each continent, a concept that would influence Ortelius and the other early manufacturers of atlases. Geographia was reprinted in 1542, 1545 and 1552. Münster is best known today for its Cosmographia universalis, the first description of the world in German. It was published for the first time in 1554 for a collection which contained 471 wood engravings and 26 cards. the woodcuts and maps have all influenced geographic thinking for generations.