The 1542 Edition of the Munsster Atlas. Munster had been professor of Hebrew at the University of Basel. He had previously studied mathematics, theology, and classical languages at Heidelberg and Tübingen.

Münster, who lived from 1488 to 1552, was one of the

most influential cartographers of the sixteenth century.

The information he sought from other scholars resulted in

maps, views, and descriptions that represented the first sig-

nificant advances since Waldseemüller’s 1513 publication of

the Geography. For example, Münster was the first to include

separate maps for each of the four known continents.