Geneva Switzerland city Lac Lemanus 1628 Munster old view wonderful hand colorBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian
(Europe / Geneva, Switzerland / France / Giens).
Issued Basel, 1628 by Seb. Munster.
Medieval style early 17th century wood block engraved city view with beautiful full hand color. Text on reverse as always for Munster maps and views. Continuing in the medieval visual tradition, the view retains a near folk art appearance to modern eyes.
Sheet remains well preserved, keeping in mind map is not modern or new, so minor paper flaws unworthy of specific mention are sometimes to be expected. Clean, well-preserved and pleasing example, lovely visual appearance.
Original center fold as issued.
Sheet measures c. 14 5/8"H x 17 3/8"W.
Printed area measures c. 6 1/8"H x 13 7/8"W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , vol. 3, p. 296.
Burmeister, Munster , 86.
Parshall & Schoch, Origins of European Printmaking , 23, 40, 100, et al (noting how Basel was a significant location for the development of early wood block engraving and printing).
De Simone, A Heavenly Craft- The Woodcut in Early Printed Books , 47, 49, 59, et al. (noting the significance of Basel to the origin and development of weood engraving like these).