Auction 133, Lot 34

"Ptolemeisch General Tafel die Halbe Kugel der Welt Begreiffende", Munster/Petri

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1592 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia Universalis

Color: Hand Color

14.3 x 12.2 inches
36.3 x 31 cm

This striking woodblock Ptolemaic map was redrawn for the later issues of Munster's Cosmographia and Geographia. The traditional classical world is surrounded by clouds and eleven wind-heads (their Latin names in banners). The continents are oddly shaped and all connected to the great southern continent, Terra incognito secundum Ptolemaeum. There is a very large Toprobana (modern day Sri Lanka) to the west of India in the landlocked Indian Ocean, and the Indian subcontinent is severely truncated. Southeast Asia is called India extra. 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 illustrations on verso.

References: Shirley #162.

Condition: B+

Very sharp impression and attractive coloring. The map has been professionally repaired to close a cut and some paper weakness in the left side of the map. The work was skillfully done and is now only noticeable when held up to strong light.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 9/1/2010