‘LA DESCRIPTION d’Egypte…’ by Sebastian Munster c.1550


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An interesting and attractive 16th century woodcut map of Egypt which appeared in Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia Universalis (Basle: Henri Petri, 1544-1578 [French text edition]). Interesting features of the map include the depiction of the Nile delta and the pyramids which are shown as rectangular blocks.

“[Sebastian] Munster [1489-1552] probably had the widest influence in spreading geographical knowledge throughout Europe in the middle years of the [16th] century. His ‘Cosmographia’, issued in 1544, contained not only the latest maps and views of many well-known cities, but included an encyclopaedic amount of detail about the known — and unknown — world and undoubtedly must have been one of the most widely read books of its time, going through nearly forty editions in six languages.” (Moreland & Bannister, ‘Antique Maps’, Phaidon, 1989, p,78-81).

  • This is an original 16th century woodcut.
  • Printed area is approximately 15.9cms by 25.7cms (including text).
  • The woodcut is in very good condition with adequate margins. Click on image for a better view.
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  • Guaranteed to be over 400 years old.
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