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Auction 98, Lot 388

"Sumatra ein Grosse Insel so von den alten Geographen Taprobana genennt worden", Munster/Petri

Subject: Sumatra

Period: 1588 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

14 x 12 inches
35.6 x 30.5 cm
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Very early, scarce map of the island of Sumatra and the southern part of Malaysia. This map is Petri's revision of the early Ptolemaic map of the same name which confused Sumatra with the island of Ceylon. It is one of the earliest maps to focus on this region. Singapore is marked on the tip of Malay peninsula as Cingafufa. Text to the right quotes Pliny, and below is a large engraving of an elephant and his mounted handler (oddly dressed in European clothes).


Condition: A

Professionally remargined at bottom with centerfold strengthened and three worm holes filled. Fresh color.

Estimate: $350 - $450


Closed on 3/6/2002