"[Title on Verso] Tabula Octava Asiae Continet Scythiam Extra Imaum Montem, et Sericam", Waldseemuller/Fries
Subject: Central Asia
Period: 1541 (published)
Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Geographicae…
Color: Hand Color
14.1 x 12 inches
35.8 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 the verso along with Latin text.
References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #211-22.
A dark impression on watermarked paper with minor soiling and a hint of toning along centerfold.