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Auction 114, Lot 540

"Tabula orientalis regionis, Asiae scilicet extremas complectens terras & regna", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Asia

Period: 1545 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia Universalis

Color: Hand Color

13.5 x 10 inches
34.3 x 25.4 cm
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This is one of the earliest maps of the whole continent based on the recent geographical discoveries by Portuguese navigators. The outline of the Asian mainland is relatively well established. India appears as a peninsula and Sri Lanka, called Zalon, is correctly located. Cambay, Goa and Cannonore are all shown, reflecting the Portuguese presence on India's west coast. Malacca is correctly located on the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra has inherited the name Taprobana from Sri Lanka, but also bears the name Sumatra. Java appears as two islands, Java Maior and Java Minor. The famed Spice Islands of Moluccas are located, but oddly shaped. The coastline of China is fairly accurate but Korea and Japan are absent. Northern Asia is named India Superior with the eastern most part left off the map. An archipelago of 7448 islands lies off the eastern coastline. The Indian Ocean is filled with a huge sea monster and a fantastic two-tailed mermaid. Latin text on verso.

References: Yeo #2; Walter #8A.

Condition: A

Good impression printed on sturdy paper. Bright later coloring.

Estimate: $850 - $950

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 3/1/2006