Basel: 1552. unbound. Map. Uncolored woodcut. Image measures 10" x 13.5" very good.
Fantastic early and very rare woodcut map of Northern Africa and the Mediterranean showing parts of Sicily, Tunisia and Libya. Features a dramatic scene describing the shipwreck of St. Paul the Apostle off the coast of Malta (Melita). A table at left provides a list of the cities in Latin. Professor Sebastian Munster (1488-1552) was a German cosmographer, humanist, theologian and scholar. This Ptolemaic map was published in Munster's seminal work "Cosmographia". Light scattered foxing and toning along original centerfold. Small tear to bottom edge and a few very small wormholes. Full original margins.