Europe – Description novelle d’Evrope
Date of first edition: 1542
Date of this map: ca. 1542
Dimensions (not including margins): 27 x 34 cm
Dimensions (including margins): 30,5 x 38,3 cm
Condition: Very good. Sharp wood cut engraving on strong paper and wide margins. Centre fold as published.
Condition rating: A+
Verso: text in French
Map references: Karrow 58/101
One of the oldest maps of Europe
A fine example of Münster’s modern map of Europe. Published in his “Geographia”, it is oriented with south at the top of the map and is decorated with a large sailing ship in the Bay of Biscay. Scandinavia is omitted other than Denmark as is most of Scotland. Countries and regions are indicated such as Saxonia, Carinthia, Britania, Castilia, Bavaria and Brabantia. The map shows the mountain ranges and the main rivers. A few cities are mentioned such as London, Roma, Constantinopel, Dantzig, Granata, Antwerpia and Marsilia, Some sources also claim this map to be the first printed antique map of Europe.