"India Extrema XXIIII Nova Tabula", Munster, Sebastian
Period: 1545 (published)
Color: Black & White
13.7 x 10.1 inches
34.8 x 25.7 cm
This is one of the earliest maps of the whole continent based on the recent geographical discoveries by Portuguese navigators. The outline of the Asian mainland is relatively well established, but Munster omits the extreme northeast of Asia, still believed to be joined to the New World. Japan is also lacking, as it appeared on Munster's New World map instead. India appears as a peninsula and Sri Lanka, called Zalon, is correctly located. Cambay, Goa and Cannonore are all shown, reflecting the Portuguese presence on India's west coast. Malacca is correctly located on the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra has inherited the name Taprobana from Sri Lanka, but also bears the name Sumatra. Java appears as two islands, Java Maior and Java Minor, one shown north of the other. The famed Spice Islands of the Moluccas are located, but oddly shaped. An archipelago of 7448 islands lies off the eastern coastline of China. The Indian Ocean is filled with a huge sea monster and a fantastic two-tailed mermaid.
References: Yeo #2; Walter #8A.
Good impression with minor soil in margins. This example is printed on thicker, better quality paper than many examples of this map. There are the typical binding holes in the blank margins.