Published : Germany circa 1544-1549
Size : 8 inch x 11 inch
Colouring : black on white
This beautifully bookpage is out of the Cosmographia by Sebastian Münster. It is the earliest German description of the world - This page was part of the fourth book. It is about the Battle of Nicopolis. It includes a depiction of a Ottoman cavalryman and a macabre picture of a head and four bags filled with ears. Most likely the wood engravings were made by David Kandel.
The Battle of Nicopolis took place on 25 September 1396 and resulted in the rout of an allied crusader army of Hungarian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Wallachian, French, Burgundian, German and assorted troops (assisted by the Venetian navy) at the hands of an Ottoman force, raising of the siege of the Danubian fortress of Nicopolis and leading to the end of the Second Bulgarian Empire. It is often referred to as the Crusade of Nicopolis as it was one of the last large-scale Crusades of the Middle Ages, together with the Crusade of Varna in 1443–1444.
About Sebastian Münsters Cosmographia:
The Cosmographia by Sebastian Münster (1488 – 1552) from 1544 is the earliest German description of the world. It had numerous editions in different languages including Latin, French (translated by François de Belleforest), Italian, English, and Czech. The last German edition was published in 1628, long after his death. The Cosmographia was one of the most successful and popular books of the 16th century. It passed through 24 editions in 100 years. This success was due to the notable woodcuts (some by Hans Holbein the Younger, Urs Graf, Hans Rudolph Manuel Deutsch, and David Kandel). It was most important in reviving geography in 16th-century Europe.
About David Kandel:
David Kandel (1520–1592) was a Renaissance artist. David Kandel was one of the pioneers of botanical art and science. However, very few facts are verifiable regarding his personal life, because very few events in his life are identifiable from surviving records.
Condition: Good unfolded print, with light browning (please see pictures)
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