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Auction 99, Lot 42

"Americae", Munster/Petri

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1588 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

12.2 x 14.2 inches
31 x 36.1 cm

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: B

Later color. Margins trimmed with part of title missing at top. Bottom re-margined with outside neatlines in facsimile.

Estimate: $800 - $900

Sold for: $650

Closed on 6/12/2002