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Auction 92, Lot 41

"Ptolemeisch General Tafel die Halbe Kugel der Welt Begreiffende", Munster/Petri

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1588 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

12 x 14 inches
30.5 x 35.6 cm
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Woodcut, Ptolemaic world map redrawn for the later issues of Munster's Cosmographia. The traditional classical world is surrounded by clouds and eleven windheads (their names in banners). The continents are oddly shaped and all connected by a great southern continent "Terra incognito secundum Ptolemaeum". There is a very large "Toprobana" (modern day Sri Lanka) in the Indian Ocean, and the Indian subcontinent is severely truncated. Only the northern part of Africa is shown with the Nile originating in a series of lakes in a large mountain range.

References: Shirley #162.

Condition: C

Bottom 4" of centerfold has been hastily repaired with missing image in the face of the bottom windhead. Else a nice impression of this map.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/13/2000