1556 – S. Munster – Table Generale
Title: “La Seconde Table Generale Selon Ptol.”
Second ancient map of the World, based upon the writings of Ptolemy. This map by Sebastian Münster features 12 wind heads and other classic pre-Columbian beliefs about the known World.
The continents are all primitively shaped and are all connected by a great southern continent (Terra Incognita Secundum Ptolemaeum). There is also the large mythical Island of Taprobana (Sumatra or Ceylon) and India is divided into India infra Gangem ( India proper ) and India Extra ( Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam ). Only the northern part of Africa is shown with and up to the sources of the Nile.
The map comes from the French edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmography, titled “La Cosmographie Universelle, contenant la situation de toutes les parties du monde, auecleurs proprietez & appartenances”, published in 1556 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.
Cartographer: Sebastian Munster (1488 – 1552)
Leaf size: 39,8 x 31,0 cm
Good condition for such an early map. Upper side split restored. Lower middle fold marginal separation, restored also. Light age toning.
This is an original antique map published in 1556 and NOT a modern copy or reprint
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