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Friday 12 January 2024

David Kandel’s “View of Lüneburg” (French edition), 1550

David Kandel (1520/25–1592/96)

“View of Lüneburg”, 1550, from a set of twenty-two designs by David Kandel and cut by Monogrammist CS (fl.c.1540–1560). This impression is from the French edition of Sebastian Münster’s (1488–1552) “Cosmographia”, showing a panoramic view of Lüneburg, published in 1568/1592.

Woodcut and letterpress printed recto and verso on fine laid paper with full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 31.3 x 41.3 cm; (recto plate showing Lüneburg) 9 x 38.8 cm.

Signed in plate with Kandel's monogram at lower left and with monogram of the plate cutter, “C.S.”, at lower right.

Lettered throughout with location names and letters corresponding to the letterpress printed legend above.

Letterpress title above the woodcut: “La cite Lunebourg, qu’on peut auiourdhuy plus veritablement nommer Salmebourg.” (The city of Lüneburg, which can now more truly be called Salmeburg.)

Below the plate is a letterpress genealogy of the dukes of Lüneburg.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print published in the Latin edition: “View of Lüneburg; with putti among clouds in sky holding the coats-of-arms and a tablet bearing the name of the town; on verso three woodcuts by an anonymous master; one with the arms of Lüneburg; another with a male figure in antique armour standing on a column and holding a banner with a crescent moon; and a third showing salt production; illustrations to the Latin edition of Sebastian Münster, 'Cosmographia', Basle: Heinrich Petri, 1552. 1550” (

Condition: a strong impression of the “Lüneburg” plate (recto) with flattened centrefold and with strong impressions of the plates shown verso. The sheet is in a near pristine condition for its age and size with no tears, holes, abrasions or significant stains.

I am selling this superb impression of a large and historically significant woodcut page from “Cosmographia”—a 16th century publication famous for being the earliest description of the world—for the total cost of AU$272 (currently US$182.17/EUR166.04/GBP142.68 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this very beautiful and eye-catching woodcut spread over two pages, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

Note that I have previously listed a copy of this double page from the Latin edition, but it has been sold; see

This print has been sold

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