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Auction 151, Lot 663

"Sumatra ein Grosse Insel so von den Alten Geographen Taprobana ist Genennt Worden", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1572 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographey oder Beschreibung Aller Lander…

Color: Hand Color

13.6 x 9.9 inches
34.5 x 25.1 cm

This is a great woodblock map of the island of Taprobana, which was variously thought to be Ceylon (Sri Lanka) or Sumatra until late in the sixteenth century. This map depicts Ceylon with the typical misconceptions of Ptolemy showing a small part of India incorrectly in the northeast corner of the map. A most interesting feature of the map is the large engraving of an elephant beneath a tree that was copied from Gastaldi with descriptive text in a cartouche below. The elephant is shown with large padded feet and a scoop on the end of its trunk. An elaborate woodblock engraving with German text on verso.


Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with attractive color, light toning along the centerfold, and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/19/2014