Auction 127, Lot 35

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

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1550 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

13.5 x 10 inches
34.3 x 25.4 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 from a series of lakes in a large mountain range. German text and an elaborate woodcut on verso.

References: Shirley #76.

Condition: A

There are small binding holes in the blank margins.

Estimate: $950 - $1,200


Closed on 2/25/2009