"Seconda Tavola", Gastaldi/Ramusio
Subject: Asia - Southern
Period: 1556 (published)
Publication: Delle Navigatione et Viaggi …
Color: Black & White
14 x 10.8 inches
35.6 x 27.4 cm
This is an important and scarce map of southern Asia oriented with south at the top. It extends from the Persian Gulf and Baharen to the Gulf of Bengal, with a bit of Sumatra shown in the upper left border. The map was prepared by Giacomo Gastaldi, the most prominent Italian mapmaker of the period. The hills are filled with illustrations of hunters and wildlife and the sea is alive with sea monsters and sailing ships. This is the first state from the original woodblock that was destroyed by fire in 1557.
References: Karrow #30/74.
A few light stains and binding holes on centerfold, else very good.