Auction 137, Lot 770

"Sumatra ein Grosse Insel / so von den alten Geographen Taprobana genennet worden", Munster/Petri

Subject: Sumatra

Period: 1580 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographiae Universalis

Color: Black & White

14 x 12.5 inches
35.6 x 31.8 cm

Early, desirable map of the island of Sumatra and the southern part of Malaysia. This map is Petri's revision of the early Ptolemaic map of the same name, which confused Sumatra with the island of Ceylon. It is one of the earliest maps to focus on this region. Shown near today's Singapore on the tip of the Malay peninsula is Cingafufa. Text to the right quotes Pliny, and below is a large engraving of an elephant and his mounted handler (oddly dressed in European clothes). German title and woodcut illustration on verso.


Condition: B+

A spot of candlewax at bottom, and a few small worm holes in bottom blank margin. Top margin is trimmed with minute loss of title.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/14/2011