Munster Cologne, Germany, 1575


Sebastian Munster [Cologne] “Colonia Agrippina amplissima citta.” From Cosmographia.  Augsburg: Arnold Birckman, 1575.  9 x 14 1/2 (including key). Woodcut. Very good condition.

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An original antique view from the mid-sixteenth century by Sebastian Munster (1489-1552), 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 view is from the latter work and it shows Cologne, Germany, based on a contemporary drawing.