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This fine hand coloured original antique double page view of the city of Wissembourg in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in northeastern France, was published in the 1588 release of Sebastian Munsters Cosmographia by Sebastian Petri, Basle. Sebastian Petri re-release of Cosomgraphia in 1588 produced some fine woodcut maps & plans in the "copperplate style". The maps in this release were more sophisticated than with earlier publications of Cosomgraphia and were based on the 1570 release of Abraham Ortelius monumental work Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.
For a variety of reasons town plans were comparatively latecomers in the long history of cartography. Few cities in Europe in the middle ages had more than 20,00 inhabitants and even London in the late Elizabethan period had only 100-150,000 people which in itself was probably 10 times that of any other English city. The Nuremberg Chronicle in 1493 included one of the first town views of Jerusalem, thereafter, for most of the sixteenth century, German cartographers led the way in producing town plans in a modern sense. In 1544 Sebastian Munster issued in Basle his Cosmographia containing roughly sixty-six plans and views, some in the plan form, but many in the old panorama or birds eye view. (Ref: M&B;Tooley)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Light and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Colors used: - General color appearance: - Paper size: - 15in x 13in (380mm x 340mm) Margins: - 1/2in (12mm)
Imperfections: Margins: - None Plate area: - Light age toning, browning along centerfold Verso: - Light age toning