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Auction 90, Lot 290

"Tabula Asiae XII",

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1550 (circa)


Color: Black & White

13 x 9.5 inches
33 x 24.1 cm

A superb impression of this great map of Tabrobana. The map itself depicts the island with the typical misconceptions of Ptolemy showing a small part of India incorrectly in the northeast corner of the map. The most interesting feature of the map is the large engraving of an elephant beneath a tree, which was copied from Gastaldi. The elephant is shown with large padded feet and a scoop on the end of its trunk.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $750 - $850

Sold for: $850

Closed on 3/15/2000