1541 Fries - Tabula nova utriusque Indiae
SOLD: 1541 woodcut Ptolemaic map of India and Southeast Asia
Tabula nova utriusque Indiae
29.5 x 44 cm (11.5 x 17.3 in)
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.
A few scattered fox marks and slight soiling