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 is part of the thrid book. It is about Charlemagne and includes a depiction of his Initials and a Portrait. Most likely the wood engraving was made by David Kandel.
Charlemagne was King of the Franks. He united most of Western Europe during the early Middle Ages and laid the foundations for modern France and Germany. He took the Frankish throne in 768 and became King of Italy from 774. From 800 he became the first Holy Roman Emperor — the first recognized emperor in Western Europe since the fall of the Western Roman Empire three centuries earlier. While Charlemagne already ruled his kingdom without the help of the Pope, recognition from the pontiff granted him divine legitimacy.
Engraving is a Guaranteed authentic original Woodcut.
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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