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first printed map devoted entirely to the New World.
by Dr Zsolt Török, Cartart FacTsimile Publisher, 2003
was published by Dr. Zsolt Török to commemorate the 500th
anniversary of the Columbian encounter.
technology: relief printed from hand
cut wood block with stereotypes
relief printed from hand cut wood block with stereotypes
size: 520 x 640 mm,
size: 272 x 346 mm
special hand made, archival quality, deckle edged
two OT- diagrams and cartart label. Can not be removed.
every map is individually colored by hand.
are individually numbered and blind stamped. Special copies are
with solid gold.
coloring or uncolored copies are available to request.
Latin text to the map is relief printed between
the two woodcut borders, which were attributed
limited to five hundred copies.
Münster's Ptolemy edition of 1540 in Basle (Switzerland),
and included in his most famous Cosmography from 1544, it was the most
popular representation of America.
map features the
false sea of Verrazzano. Illustrated presumably Magellan's ship
(although there is no resemblance to any vessel he sailed in), a
hut (with dismembered human body parts. The Spanish and Portuguese
mark the territories of the European powers.
Cartart FacTsimile map was published to commemorate the 500th
of the Columbian encounter in 1992.
Münster (1488 - 1550),
The 'German Strabo', is one
of the most important and famous cosmographers of the 16th century. His
published from 1544, was perhaps the most popular illustrated
work of the century.
The second part of the booklet
explains chorographical map making techniques. To illustrate the
methods, Münster included an explanatory circular map of the
of Heidelberg, to a radius of 6 German miles. In the end he suggested
surveys to be undertaken by German scholars (Vermanung). Based
the regional maps of German lands he wanted to compile the new, more
and detailed map of the whole of Germany. At this point Münster
broke the Ptolemaic tradition of map making.
Münster was born
not far from the city of Mainz, where in the 1460s Johannes
had invented printing from movable metal types. The young Münster
joined the Franciscan Order, and entered the monastery of Rufach
in 1509 to study under Konrad Pellikan, the important German
Beyond theology, Pellikan was a teacher of Hebrew, Greek, mathematics
cosmography and Münster interested in these subjects. In 1511,
Pellikan moved to Pforzheim Münster followed him.
left for Tübingen, where he met the famous professor, Johannes
Stöffler, an eminent scholar of mathematics and astronomy. It
was Stöffler, who introduced Münster into cosmography.
From about 1515-1518 Münster's lecture note book (Kollegienbuch)
has been preserved, which contains extracts from various publications
commentary, but also includes manuscript maps copied by
From 1524 Münster
Heidelberg where he was appointed professor of Hebrew. His
cosmographical interest is reflected by his lectures at the university
and his published map of Germany (Oppelheim,1525) , as well as
treatise on sundials (Erklerung des newen Instrument der Sunnen, 1528).
However, he did not reject
the Alexandrian scholar: in 1540 he published the famous Geography by
in new translation.The influential book was printed by the Petri
in Basle. In 1529 he was offered a position at the university of
Basle by the influential Swiss humanist, Johann Oecolampadius. He
had previously lived and worked in this city for the local printer Heinrich
Petri. In 1530, Münster married Sebastian Petri'swidow,
and he worked with his stepson running the printing workshop.
The Geographia universalis,
vetus et nova was one of the most reliable editions of Ptolemy.
Münster used a Greek manuscript for his translation and corrected
many misinterpretations of the earlier Latin texts. Along with the
1+26 Ptolemaic maps the book included 21 modern maps. The new maps
the development of regional cartography in Central Europe. All the maps
were printed from wood blocks, made by the Basler artist Conrad
The geographical names and map inscriptions were printed from
and/or from set metal types in the case of titles outside the
border, and the descriptive text found in panels on the verso side of
maps. It was Münster, who devoted a map for each continent in his
book and this invention was followed later by Ortelius and the
atlas publishers. The Geographia was a very successful product: two
after the first edition it was reprinted in 1542, than again in 1545
The antique geography was a
prelude to Münster's major work, the Cosmographia,
first in 1544. The Cosmographie was a geographical as well as
and ethnographic description of the world. Münster included his
accounts as well as the material he could collect from other sources.
on German lands, but with ever expanding scope and length, the work was
frequently reprinted. Its success was at least partly due to the
woodcut (up to about five hundred) illustrations, maps and views,
which made it a most popular pictorial encyklopedy of the 16th
In the May of 1550 Münster
died of plague in Basle and was buried in the there, but his works
influential in the period of the next generation of great modern
map is still available.
For more information,
a free demonstrative sample of the product and/ or the Order Form
please, send a message with your name and mailing address to
Münster America maps have been presented to:
Presentation to Carla Hills, US Trade Representative,
Letter from Mr. George Bush,
President of the United States of America (1993)
1992 edition Münster
America map was donated to several major map collections and libraries
worldwide, special copies are in the collection of:
King of Spain (1992)
- Hungarian Embassy in
- Library of Congress,
- Harvard Map
- UCLA Bruman
- Yale University
- Newberry Library,
- Thuderbird Graduate
School and much more...
MAP GIFT Project:
2003 - Gift copy (8) has just been presented to the Library
of University of Texas, Arlington!
answer, no photo has been received...
Map Gift - Report
first Münster America quincentennial edition map gift was sent to
Geographical Society's Collection in
WI, where the creator was one time Research Fellow.
American Geographical Society's Collection,
September 11, 2002
is a great honor the the Map Division
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.,
the largest map collection of the world, would include a gift copy
its 4.8 million holdings. It is a special recognition that the map will
be displayed there!
another gift would decorate The
Library in Chicago,ILL. (Remark: copy
lost on its way, another copy had been sen and arrivedt.).
Map Collection, Cambridge, Mass.
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education
in Portland, Maine were also presented by a Münster America
map. Upon cataloging the items will be held in these finest collections
of early maps. I have seen my gift map framed and dispalyed in the
The New Jersey Historical Society,
Newark, N.J. received a gift as contribution to thememorial
Lives', opening on September 11,
copy was donated to the Library of
VA, which will be on display with the
original Bill of Rights on the Day of Remembrance.
Bill of Rights
Rare Public Display At Library of Virginia For Day of Remembrance
release of the Library of Virginia
Library of Virginia, September 11,
(Richmond, VA) -- On September 11, 2002, the
Library of Virginia will join museums across the nation in a Day of
of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The federal Institute of
and Library Services (IMLS)
and the American Association of Museums
are supporting American museums as they Celebrate Americas Freedoms
in a Day of Remembrance on September 11. The Library will
Virginia's 1789 manuscript copy of the proposed United States Bill of
with its original 12 amendments.
On display will be a copy of the
America 1540-1992 map, Novae Insulae, XVII Nova Tabula, the first
map devoted entirely to the New World and which appeared in Sebastian
1540 edition of Ptolemy’s Geography. Dr. Zsolt Török, a
cartographer, published the map to commemorate the 500th anniversary of
the Columbian Encounter.
Dr. Török donated this copy
from a hand cut wood block on handmade paper to the Library of Virginia
in sympathy for the events of September 11. Copies of the map also have
been donated to a select group of institutions including the Newberry
in Chicago, Harvard Map Collection, American Geographical Society's
and the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.
Please see our Web site www.lva.lib.va.us
or call 804/692-3592 for more information.
of Texas, Arlington!