Catalog Archive
Auction 123, Lot 59

"Ptolemaisch General Tafel Begreissend die halbe Rugel der Weldt", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1540 (circa)

Publication: Geographia

Color: Hand Color

12.2 x 14.2 inches
31 x 36.1 cm

This woodcut, Ptolemaic world map is surrounded by clouds and eleven wind heads (with their names shown in the banners). The continents are oddly shaped and all connected by a great southern continent Terra incognito secundum Ptolemaeum. There is a very large Taprobana (modern day Sri Lanka) in the Indian Ocean, and the Indian subcontinent is severely truncated. Only the northern part of Africa is shown with the Nile originating in a series of lakes in a large mountain range. German text and a woodcut on verso.

References: Shirley #76.

Condition: A

Some minor soil and expert repairs in blank margins.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 2/20/2008