Tours France panorama 1590's Munster old wood cut birds-eye city viewBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Die Statt Tours...
(Europe, France, Tours, City Plan, Munster).
Issued Basel, c.1590's by Seb. Munster.
Delightful view set within an ornate Baroque border which has caryatids and gargoyles on the sides.
Medieval style early 16th century wood block engraved view. 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, some show-through from title on left half, lovely visual appearance.
Original center fold as issued.
Sheet measures c. 13"H x 16 1/4"W.
Printed area measures c. 11 1/4"H x 15 3/8"W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, vol. 3, p. 296.
Burmeister, Munster, 86.