1545 Münster - Tabula Asiae X (India)
1545 woodcut Ptolemaic map of India and Indian Ocean
Tabula Asiae X (India)
Sebastian Münster, Heinrich Petri
26 x 34 cm (10.2 x 13.4 in)
The first edition of Munster's map of India and the Indian Ocean with the sources of the Indus and Ganges Rivers, 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 travellers 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.
Verso presents a decorative woodcut border probably cut by the famous 16th century woodcutter Hans Holbein.
Woodblock map with letterpress on verso. Paper with usual age-toning. Very good throughout.