1598 – S. Munster – Ptolemaisch General Tafel


Title:                      “Ptolemaisch 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.​

The map comes from the German edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmography, titled “Cosmographey: das ist, Beschreibung Aller Länder, Herrschafften vnd fürnemesten Stetten des gantzen Erdbodens, sampt ihren Gelegenheiten, Eygenschafften, Religion, Gebräuchen, Geschichten vnd Handtierungen…”, published in 1598 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.
Cartographer:      Sebastian Munster​ (1488 – 1552)
Leaf size:               40,3 x 35,4 cm
Year:                       1598
Technique:           woodcut

Good condition for such an early map. Lower middle fold marginal separation restored on verso. Wormholes present. Attractive hand coloring.

This is an original antique map published in 1598 and NOT a modern copy or reprint


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