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1574 – S. Munster – Ptolemaisch general Tafel

Title:                      “Ptolemaisch General Tafel, begreiffend die halbe Kugel der Welt.”​


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 1574 by Heinrich Petri in Basel. The woodblock of this map was used first in Münster’s Geographia Universalis in 1540.

Cartographer:      Sebastian Munster​ (1488 – 1552)
Leaf size:              38,5 x 28,0 cm
Year:                   1574
Technique:           woodcut

Very good for such an early map. Centerfold reinforced. Recto and verso with contemporary handwritten annotations.

This is a genuine antique map published in 1574 and NOT a modern copy or reprint!

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