Basel: Heinrich Petri, 1578. Disbound. This disbound leaf from Munsters "Cosmographia" measures 8" x 13.5". It contains six woodcuts showing unusual men and animals from the Indian subcontinent. The leaf is in nice shape with some marginal toning. One wood cut shows a pigmy conversing with a man from Dondun where the peoples' ears were so large they could be used as sleeping blankets. Three wood cuts picture storks: one of them shows giant storks fighting a human army. Anothe illustration shows an ant that is larger than a tree, and the last is of a monkey-man carrying his sword and spear. Very good. Item #009737
Sebastian Munster was a cosmographer and professor of Hebrew who taught at several European universitys. During his life, he became the center of a network of scholars who provided him with maps, anecdotes, and descriptions of pehnomena of the known world. In 1554, he first published his "Cosmographia" which contained 471 woodcut illustrations and 26 maps. it was reprinted in six languages in 46 ediitions of the next hundred years, and Munster's writings, maps, and illustrations influenced scholarly thought for generations beyond that.