1548 Johannes Stumpf - Europa - Sea Monsters, South Oriented to the Top - Map of Europe
"Europa/ die Erst Tafel des Ersten Buchs"
Issued in Gemeiner Loblicher Eydgnoschafft Stetten Landen und Volkeren Chronick, First Edition, 1548.
15.4 x 11 inches
39.1 x 27.9 cm
Although the map is a derivative of Munster's map of Europe, first published in his Cosmographia in 1544, it supersedes Munster's map with its elaborate decorations. The continent is filled with miniature bird's-eye views of towns, trees, exaggerated rivers, and rope-like mountain ranges. The surrounding waters are teeming with galleons and sea monsters of every variety, reminiscent of Olas Magnus' Carta Marina. At the top of the map, to the right of Sardinia, is the sea God Triton, who plays music to calm or raise the waves in the sea. The various seas are labeled in decorative cartouches.