"Tabula Asiae X", Gastaldi, Giacomo
Subject: South Asia
Period: 1548 (published)
Publication: La Geografia
Color: Black & White
7 x 5.3 inches
17.8 x 13.5 cm
Rare little Ptolemaic map centered on India with recognizable river systems, but completely lacking the sub continental shape of the landmass. The top of a large Taprobanae Pars (Sri Lanka) appears at bottom. The map is presented on a trapezoidal projection with rope-like mountain ranges and strange creatures in the border, one of them being a bird with the face of a man. Italian text on verso.
References: Karrow #30/53; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) II #214-49.
Very dark impression with printer's ink residue in plate. Remnants of linen hinges on verso.