By: Sebastian Munster
Date: 1598 (Published) London
Dimensions: 9 x 14.25 inches (22.9 x 36.2 cm)
A fine depiction of London during Elizabethan times when the city had reached a population of roughly 100,000 and Shakespeare was creating timeless works that would go down in history as some of the finest play ever written.
The map covers from Westminster in the west, to the now trendy Clerkenwell area of the city in the north, and just beyond The Tower to the East. The city appears rather small in a bucolic countryside panorama. Numerous vessels of different kinds ply the waters of the Thames. The foreground is embellished by an elegantly outfitted foursome. There is descriptive German text below the map and on the verso.
Sebastian Munster was one of Europe’s foremost mapmakers of the 16th century. Ordained as a priest in 1512, he taught Hebrew at a number of universities, but then began to study maps and in 1525 published his first known map, a map of Germany. He wrote treatises on various topics and continued to publish maps till his death in 1552.
Condition: This hand colored map is in A condition. The centerfold has been reinforced with archival material on the verso.
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