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Anglie triquetra descriptio

Anglie triquetra descriptio

Cartographer: Münster, Sebastian

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1538

Shelfmark: 216.b.1 p. 63

Length: 296

Width: 185

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

This map of the British Isles is by Sebastian Munster. It dates from 1538 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 small wood cut map is the first printed map to show an outline of the British isles derived from the Gough map of Edward I’s reign. It is also the first map to clearly delineate Wales and Anglesey. The Bay of Cardigan is not shown, this does not appear on maps until the later half of the 16th century. It is also the first map to show with roughly correct proportions East Anglia and the relationship between middle and southern England. Several places are named on the map including London, Canterbury, York, Oxford and Waterford in Ireland. Six main rivers are also shown: Tueda (Tweed), Humbro (Humber) Trenta, Veius (Wye) Sabrina (Severn) and Thamesis (Thames). An unnamed inlet in the north west is probably a representation of the Solway Firth. This map was re issued once, in 1543.

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