Auction 114, Lot 585

"Tabula Asiae VIII", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Asia - Central

Period: 1545 (circa)

Publication: Geographia Universalis

Color: Black & White

13.5 x 10.2 inches
34.3 x 25.9 cm

This fascinating map of Central Asia and the regions of Tibet and Nepal is one of the most interesting of Munster's Ptolemaic maps. The map is flanked by depictions of fantastic humanoid creatures reported to inhabit the region. These monstrosities were based on a combination of classical writings, legends and medieval traveler's tales. In the upper part of the map is a scene showing Anthropophagi (cannibals) carving up a person.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) #215-24.

Condition: A+

Very minor blemishes in wide original margins.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $950

Closed on 3/1/2006