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Auction 95, Lot 323

"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.


Condition: B

Slight toning on fold, bottom fold separation in margin, and a small hole in image.

Estimate: $600 - $650

Sold for: $450

Closed on 6/13/2001