Italy, Austria and Dalmatia – Tabula Europae V
Date of first edition: 1540
Date of this map: 1540
Dimensions (not including margins): 33,3 x 27 (bottom) cm
Dimensions (with margins): 39,5 x 31 cm
Condition: Very good woodcut engraving on strong paper and wide margins. Bottom centre fold old repaired. Original colouring.
Condition rating: A
Verso: text in Latin
Map references: Karrow, 58/79.
From: Geographia Universalis, Vetus et Nova, complectens Claidii Prolemaei Alexandrini enarrationis libros VIII. Basel, Heinrich Petri, 1540.
Rare first edition and first state of woodcut of Italy, Austria and Dalmatia
This map is the first map of Münster of the region around Italy, based upon Claudius Ptolemy, as the region was then known.
This is the first edition, first state of Münster’s map: in the second state, the small device after “EUROPAE V”, is replaced by an identical device as before “TABULA”.
With remarkable accuracy Munster traced the mountains of the north and eastern sides of the Adriatic, the Dinaric Alps, which dominate the western region of the Balkans, but he did not depict the Appenines in Italy itself. Major cities are denoted throughout the map, with miniature architectural renderings to represent them. River systems and islands are depicted and named. A marvelous dolphin carries a cupid on its back. The map extends as far north as Germany and as far south as the toe of Italy and a portion of Sicily.
Münster’s Geographia (1st issued in 1540) and Cosmographia (1548) are the most important and widely copied geographical works of the middle part of the 16th Century and represented for most Europeans the first accessible imagery (maps and views) of the world.