1541 Fries - Tabula nova utriusque Indiae

SOLD: 1541 woodcut Ptolemaic map of India and Southeast Asia

Title:

Tabula nova utriusque Indiae

Map maker:

Laurent Fries

Place and Year:

Vienne, 1541

Dimensions:

29.5 x 44 cm (11.5 x 17.3 in)

Technique:

Woodblock printing

Coloring:

Uncolored

Condition Rating:

VG

0.00
sold out
Add To Cart

DETAILS

Wonderful Ptolemaic map based on Waldseemüller's first "modern" map of Asia, published in the 1541 edition of Geographia, edited by Laurent Fries and Michael Servertus. Waldseemüller's cartography is followed without change but an interesting array of vignettes purporting to depict the cultures of the region have been added. The most interesting of these is a scene in Northern India of a goat-like man setting fire to a young woman.

The map covers from the Horn of Africa through the Malaysian peninsula and cartographically is a great improvement over medieval maps of the region. Both Sri Lanka and Sumatra are labeled Taprobana, reflecting the confusion between the two islands on early maps.

Verso is blank.

CONDITION NOTES

A few scattered fox marks and slight soiling

IDENTIFIER

NL-00498

REFERENCES

RELATED ITEMS