1545 Münster - Tabula Asiae IX (Northern India and Pakistan)
1545 woodcut map of Northern India and Pakistan
Tabula Asiae IX (Northern India and Pakistan)
Sebastian Münster, Heinrich Petri
26 x 34 cm (10.2 x 13.4 in)
The first edition of Munster's map of Northern India, present-day Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the delta of the Indus River graphically depicted. Based upon Claudius Ptolemy which appeared in his "Geographia Universalis", first published in 1540. This famous map features illustrations of some of the mythological monsters reported by early travelers to the east, and at the top a figure of cannibals dismembering a corpse.
The Geographia was a new and important edition of Ptolemy, with redesigned maps and the text revised by Münster based on the Willibald Pirckheimer Latin translation with corrections of 1535 by Servetus
On verso a decorative woodcut border who were probably cut by the famous 16th century woodcutter Hans Holbein.
The Geographia was landmark work which contained, along with the Ptolemaic maps, several of the most significant modern maps in the history of cartography.
Woodblock map with letterpress on verso. Paper with usual age-toning. Very good throughout.