Auction 117, Lot 781

"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.

Condition: A

Very dark impression with printer's ink residue in plate. Remnants of linen hinges on verso.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $210

Closed on 12/6/2006