Munster Belgrade, 1575


Sebastian Munster [Belgrade]  From Cosmographia.  Augsburg: Arnold Birckman, 1575. Full page, with woodcut map 4 1/2 x 6 1/4. Very good condition.

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An original antique view of Belgrade from Sebastian Munster’s important Geographia.  Munster (1489-1552) was one of the first great modern cartographers.  He studiously compiled the best information available in the sixteenth century, corresponding with scholars all around Europe and visiting book fairs and libraries whenever possible. Munster issued many influential maps and views in his editions of Ptolemy’s Geographia and his own Cosmographia which were published beginning in 1540.  This page is from the latter work and it includes a nice woodcut view of Belgrade on the Danube River.