An intermediate state?
By REISCH, Gregor , 1504

[Untitled World Map].

World World maps
  • Author: REISCH, Gregor
  • Publication place: Strassburg
  • Publisher: Johannes Gruninger
  • Publication date: 1504.
  • Physical description: Woodcut map of the world, margins extended with some of the printed border in expert facsimile, old folds strengthened on verso, with a small area of facsimile to separation.
  • Dimensions: 280 by 405mm. (11 by 16 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 13914


“In 1981, the American dealer Walter Reuben acquired an unusual variant map, believed to have come from a 1504 (Schott) edition of Reisch’s ‘Margarita’. The map very closely follows Reisch (1), but retains only the four principal windheads, with the windhead at the top centre similarly facing to the right. The oceans, however, are striated in the same style as Reisch (2).

Mr Taliaferro wrote: “There is no doubt in my mind that it is pulled from a completely new block rather than one that had been masked or altered”. It seems possible that this unrecorded variant may predate the normal four-headed version” (Shirley).


  1. Shirley 23, Reisch 2A.