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1572 – S. Munster – Ptolemaisch general Tafel

Title:                      Ptolemeisch General Tafel, die Halbe Kugel der Welt Begreiffende”​

Description:
​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.​ Map comes from Munster’s very famous book Cosmographia​.
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Cartographer:      Sebastian Munster​ (1488 – 1552)
Leaf size:              41,8 x 35,5 cm
Year:                     1572
Technique:           woodcut

Condition:
Very good for such an early map. Paper slightly browned. No restorations!

This is a genuine antique map published in 1572 and not a modern copy or reprint!

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