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A Beautiful Woodcut of Paris
One of the Very Earliest Printed Plans of the City
MUNSTER, S. [Basel, c. 1550]
Lutetia Parisiorum Urbs, toto orbe celeberrima notissimaquecaput regni Franciae.
10 ½ x 14 inches.
Fine hand-color; reinforced lower centerfold, else excellent.
Excellent example of this very early printed plan of Paris. It is preceded in Boutier only by crude views of the city, one of which, Boutier 1, actually depicts a city other than Paris. It shows the city and surroundings of 16th-century Paris with its churches, universities and palaces labeled both on the map and keyed to a legend. The Sorbonne as well as the cathedral of Notre Dame (labeled on the map as Summum templum) can be found among other structures of note. From Munster’s Cosmographia, the work which “taught nearly three generations of laymen most of what they knew about the world beyond their native places” (Strauss). It was one of the most copiously illustrated early books, containing over 1000 woodcuts. Many of its folding and double-page maps and views were the first separate, printed images available of the regions they depicted.
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