1572 – S. Munster – Ptolemaisch general Tafel
Title: “Ptolemeisch General Tafel, die Halbe Kugel der Welt Begreiffende”
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 the German edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmography, titled “Cosmographey oder beschreibung aller Länder“, published 1572 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.
Cartographer: Sebastian Munster (1488 – 1552)
Leaf size: 42,6 x 34,8 cm
In good condition for such an early map. Paper slightly browned and water stained. Centrefold as published. Beautiful hand colouring.
This is a genuine antique map published in 1572 and NOT a modern copy or reprint!