"Tabula Asiae XII", Munster, Sebastian
Subject: Sri Lanka
Period: 1545 (circa)
Publication: Cosmographia Universalis
Color: Black & White
13.2 x 9.7 inches
33.5 x 24.6 cm
Nice impression of this great map of Taprobana. 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.
Slight toning on fold, bottom fold separation in margin, and a small hole in image.