Auction 140, Lot 788

"Tabula Asiae X", Gastaldi, Giacomo

Subject: India & Sri Lanka

Period: 1548 (published)

Publication: La Geografia

Color: Black & White

7 x 5.3 inches
17.8 x 13.5 cm

Rare little Ptolemaic map centered on India with recognizable river systems, but completely lacking the sub-continental shape of the landmass. The top of a large Taprobanae Pars (Sri Lanka) appears at bottom. The map is presented on a trapezoidal projection with rope-like mountain ranges and strange creatures in the border, one of them being a bird with the face of a man. Italian text on verso.

References: Karrow #30/53; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) II #214-49.

Condition: B+

Printer's ink residue on the plate and light toning along centerfold.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 5/23/2012