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Ptolemy's World

Tour of Maps

1540s

Sebastian Münster, a professor of Hebrew at Basel University who was also a geographer and mathematician, prepared an edition of the Geographia which was published in 1540.

To Ptolemy’s maps he added a geographical appendix and 48 new woodcut maps. Some alterations were made in the maps for the revised editions of Münster’s edition, published again in 1542, 1545, and 1552.

The world map is especially attractive. In it South America is named "America seu insula Brasilii" and North America is named "Terra Florida".