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Auction 101, Lot 441

"Sumatra ein grosse Insel so von den alten Geographen Taprobana ist genennt worden", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1578 (circa)


Color: Black & White

13.4 x 9.8 inches
34 x 24.9 cm
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Woodblock map depicting the island of Ceylon with the typical misconceptions of Ptolemy showing a small part of India incorrectly in the northeast corner of the map. The most interesting feature of the map is the large engraving of an elephant beneath a tree that was copied from Gastaldi. The elephant is shown with large padded feet and a scoop on the end of its trunk.


Condition: B

Nice impression. Toned along centerfold with a couple of small wormholes.

Estimate: $550 - $600


Closed on 12/4/2002