Auction 148, Lot 686

"Sumatra ein Grosse Insel so von den Alten Geographen Taprobana Genennet Worden", Munster/Petri

Subject: Sumatra

Period: 1588 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographiae Universalis

Color: Black & White

14.2 x 12.4 inches
36.1 x 31.5 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 nice impression with moderate toning, a small separation along centerfold that has been closed on verso with archival tape, and several stains.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $100

Closed on 2/19/2014