"[Tabula Octava Asiae Continet Scythiam extra Imaum montem, & Sericam]", Ptolemy/Fries
Subject: Central Asia
Period: 1541 (published)
Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Geographicae
Color: Hand Color
15.5 x 12 inches
39.4 x 30.5 cm
Woodblock map illustrating the Ptolemaic concept of the central Asian steppe, ancient Schytia Extra Imaum, in a trapezoidal projection. The kingdom of Serica is shown, which is thought to represent "land where silk comes from." The map is reduced from Martin Waldseemuller's map. Title is on verso.
References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara, (Nordenskiold) #211-22.
Wide original margins and sturdy paper. Some worming along the centerfold has been professionally infilled.