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Cartographer: M√ľnster, Sebastian

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1540

Shelfmark: Maps.C.1.c.2 Plate 3

Length: 301

Width: 373

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

This map of the British Isles is by Sebastian Muster. It dates from 1540 and was produced at Basle, where Munster, a mathematician, geographer and eminent hebraist, was professor of Hebrew at the University. In 1544 he published his Cosmographia, a compendium of historical, legendary and geographical information, for which he is best known.
This map is orientated with east to the top and shows the whole of England and Wales, southern Scotland and the eastern portion of Ireland. It is a new map and shows a more specific outline of the British Isles than that shown by a small map Munster had produced two years earlier (above). Many of the maps eighty or so place names, rivers and topographical features appear here for the first time.
It is likely that Munster copied many of the details of this map from a copy of the Gough map, perhaps having access to a copy himself or drawing on information from correspondents in England who used the same source. It is clear from textual errors in this map that it was not copied directly from the Gough map extant today.
A tablet in the top left corner contains Latinised and English place names, the national flags of England and Scotland are also included.

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