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Auction 134, Lot 611

"La table de la region orientale, comprenant les dernieres terres & royaumes d'Asie", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Asia

Period: 1552 (circa)

Publication: Geographia

Color: Black & White

13.7 x 10.2 inches
34.8 x 25.9 cm
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One of the earliest maps of the whole continent, this map is 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, and this edition names Calechut, unlike the earlier examples of the map. 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, 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, from the reports of Marco Polo. A huge sea monster and a fantastic two-tailed mermaid preside over the Indian Ocean. French text on verso.

References: Yeo #2; Walter #8A.

Condition: A+

A nice clean impression. A small piece of the upper right corner of the margin is missing, well away from the map.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 12/1/2010