Maps, Asia, from Egypt to Japan, Muenster
"Asia wie es jetziger zeit nach den fuernemesten Herrschaften abgetheilet und beschriben ist". Woodcut by Sebastian Münster from the "Kosmographie". Basel, ca. 1590. Pleasant modern hand coloring.
Part of the charm of this very old map of Asia is that it is not so exact. The map stretches from Eygpt in the west to Japan and New Guinea in the east. The northern part of the map is more "sketchy". In the location of present-day Siberia is the Scythicum Sea. Central Asia by Sebastian Münster reaches as far north as Japan and Mongolia. The area around the Caspian Sea and Black Sea are more accurate, even though the Caspian Sea lies too far south. In the lower left corner is a framed inset with information about Asia. Verso: Text in German about Asia.
Original antique print
Corners are somewhat spotty. There is foxing along the lower half of the center fold. A repaired tear of 5 cm. in the lower margin runs parallel to the center fold and a 0.5 cm. missing piece of paper has been replaced. Inking in upper right corner. Overall age toning. Creasing on centerfold in lower margin. The overall condition of the map isgood for a map of this age.
30.7 x 36 cm ( 12.1 x 14.2 ")