c. 1550 Map of Florence, Italy ~ 'De Italia Florentia nobilissima Hethruriae ciuitas, ...

c. 1550 Map of Florence, Italy ~ 'De Italia Florentia nobilissima Hethruriae ciuitas, deformata nostra tempora' [single leaf of S. Münster's 'Cosmographia'] (Firenze)

Sebastian Münster, et al.

Published by S. Münster, Basle, 1550
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Title: c. 1550 Map of Florence, Italy ~ 'De Italia ...

Publisher: S. Münster, Basle

Publication Date: 1550

Binding: Leaf

Book Condition: Very Good


12 1/2" x 15 1/2" [32cm x 39.5cm] folio leaf [double-page], museum framed. Wonderful map of Florence from the c. 1550 'Cosmographia', by Sebastian Münster (1488-1552), the seminal work of early geographical compendia, featuring woodcuts from such renowned artists as Hans Holbein the Younger, Urs Graf, Hans Rudolph Manuel Deutsch, and David Kandel. This bird's eye view of Florence is exceptional and is in Very Good condition. Deaccessioned from the Andrew Dickson White Museum of Art, Cornell University. In a simple black wood frame [17" x 21"], under glass, without museum markings [as others from this single acquisition of several pieces were]. Leaf is tipped in and unmatted. Well preserved, with some age-toning overall, darker at the extreme edges. The fold is visible, as would be expected, but is minimal. A nice early map of Florence. The volume from which this leaf came fetches $60,000 and more at auction. Note: There are now artists specializing in applying period-style watercolor to such woodcuts, greatly enhancing their visual appeal; this map would be a good candidate for coloring, I believe. *Photos may show distortions (lens curvature, angled view, reflections, etc.) as the item is under glass. Bookseller Inventory # 03835

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