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Auction 156, Lot 690

"Tabula Indiae X", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: India & Pakistan

Period: 1550 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographiae Universalis...

Color: Hand Color

13.6 x 10.1 inches
34.5 x 25.7 cm

Sebastian Munster (1489 - 1552) was one of the three most renowned cartographers of the sixteenth century, along with Mercator and Ortelius. Munster's Geographia and Cosmographia Universalis were two of the most widely read and influential books of the period. His editions of Ptolemy's Geographia, published between 1540 and 1552, were illustrated with 48 woodcut maps, the standard 27 Ptolemaic maps supplemented by 21 new maps. These new maps included a separate map of each of the known continents and marked the development of regional cartography in Central Europe. The antique geography was a prelude to Munster's major work, the Cosmographia, which was published in nearly 30 editions in six languages between 1544 and 1578 and then was revised and reissued by Sebastian Petri from 1588 to 1628. The Cosmographia was a geographical as well as historical and ethnographic description of the world. It contained the maps from the Geographia plus additional regional maps and city views with nearly 500 illustrations which made it one of the most popular pictorial encyclopedias of the sixteen century.

Ptolemaic view of India, defined by the Indus in the west and the Ganges in the east. The subcontinent is severely truncated and Pars Toprobanae (Sri Lanka) appears where the peninsula should extend. The map is filled with rivers, rope-like mountain ranges and ancient place names. The Indus and Ganges rivers are about the only recognizable features. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A

A nice impression with attractive color and light show-through of text on verso. There are professional repairs to a small hole in top blank margin and a short centerfold separation in bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/17/2016