Maps: 1553 - 1576
Sebastian Munster: 1555: "Du royaume de Pologne," uncolored, with
DETAIL image, from a French version of  his "Cosmographia;"  
c1560: a colored German- language version.
Colored version from
Girolamo Ruscelli: "TAVOLA NVOVADI PRVSSIA ET DI LIVONIA," Venice, in three
versions: the sailing ship in the 1564 version identifies it as a third-state map. Map
190 x 260 mm / 7.5 x 10.25 inches.
All three maps from the  National Library of Latvia:
1562 Giacomo Gastaldi: the bottom half of "... Regno di
Polonia...," 29 x 52.5 cm.
Left  image from;  right image from
1569 Sebastian Munster: "Das vierdt buch." A miniature German- language "Cosmo- graphia" (published 1544 -
1628) atlas page, 8 x 12 inches, with the map 6 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches, in two differently- colored versions.
Compare with the 1598 version.
The page and map on the left is AK-23; on the right from Albion Prints, UK
1561 Girolamo Ruscelli: "POLONIA ET
10  x 7 inches. Ruscelli's atlas is an
expanded version of Gastaldi's 1548 atlas --
which has been called the most compre-
hensive atlas produced between Waldsee-
muller's 1513 "Geographica" and Ortelius'
1570 "Theatrum.  Ruscelli and Gastaldi's
maps were engraved on copper, a turning
point in the history of cartography. From
that point on, the majority of cartographic
works used this medium. As it was a
harder material than wood it gave the
engraver the ability to render more
1570 Sebastian Munster: "...dem Preuffen,"
from "Das Dritte Buch," "Cosmographia." 8
x13 inches. Also a
DETAIL image.
Engraver Vaclovas Grodeckis (Grodeccio); Publisher, Abraham Ortelius: "POLONIAE finitimarumque locorum descriptio. Auctore Wenceslao Godreccio Polono." (Poland and nearby
, from Ortelius' "Theatrum orbis terrarum," 49 x 36.4 cm / 19 x 14.5 inches, first issued 1570, and considered the very first atlas. The first 1570 from Antwerp is from; the
second 1570 map, also from Antwerp, is from; the first 1572 map is  from; the second 1572 map and detail image is from; the third 1572 map is from jremington1; the
1574 map is
AK-12. See more maps from this run on the next page.
1574 Girolamo Ruscelli: "
ET DI LIVONIA," Venice, 7
x 9.5 inches, from Ruscelli's
"Ptolemaeus La Geografia,"
which published new
(Tabula Nova) maps along
with Ptolemy's originals.
1570 Sebastian Munster: "Vondem königreich Poland." A
page from a German-language edition of the miniature atlas
From Albion Prints, UK
1573 Jan (Joanne) Portant  (Portantio): "LIVONIAE NOVA DESCRIPTIO," Antwerp, printed as one of three maps on a sheet, and shown in
three versions, a Portant was an astronomer, mathematician, and geographer, and his original map, created c1571, was later used by
Ortelius  (in the 1590 version) and by de Jode.  All three from the Univ. of Tartu, Estonia:
1569 Sebastian Munster : "De regno & rota
regione Poloniae," from a Latin-language
version of his miniature atlas
1561                                                 1562                                                   1564
1562 Giacomo Gastaldi: "Il
Disegno de Geografia Moderna del
Regno di Polonia, e Parte del
Ducado di Moscovia, con parte
della Scandia , e parte de Suevia,
con molte Regioni, in quelli. Et la
provincia de Ustinga e quella di
Severa in sino al mare maggiore.
. . MDLXII . . ." Venice, 21 x 30.5
inches (if joined). The first edition
of Gastaldi's 2-sheet map of the
Kingdom of Poland, generally
recognized as the earliest map to
focus on Poland. Derived from
Mercator's 1554 map of Europe,
the map was also likely
influenced by the maps of
Bernard Wapowski (1526) and
Grodeckis published in 1548, now
lost, but copied by Ortelius in
1570.  Paolo Forlani issued a
subsequent edition of Gastadi's 2
sheet map in 1568.
1573                                                                                       1573                                                                                 1573                                      
1555                                                                                     c1560