Auction 134, Lot 658

"Tabula nova utriusque Indiae", Fries, Lorenz

Subject: Southern Asia

Period: 1541 (published)

Publication: Ptolemy's Geographia

Color: Hand Color

17.5 x 11.7 inches
44.5 x 29.7 cm

This interesting map is based on Waldseemuller's first "modern" map of southern Asia. It follows that cartography without change but adds an interesting array of vignettes purporting to depict the cultures of the region. The most interesting of these is a scene in Northern India of a goat-like man setting fire to a young woman. The map covers from the Horn of Africa through the Malaysian peninsula and cartographically is a great improvement over Medieval maps of the region. Both Sri Lanka and Sumatra are labeled Taprobana, reflecting the confusion between the two islands on early maps. Blank verso.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) #211-44.

Condition: A

A nice clean example with wide original margins. Repaired worm hole in upper right corner of image.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 12/1/2010