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MÜNSTER, S. - India extrema XXIIII Nova Tabula. (Asia)

MÜNSTER, S. - India extrema XXIIII Nova Tabula. (Asia)
India extrema XXIIII Nova Tabula. (Asia) - MÜNSTER, S.
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Title : India extrema XXIIII Nova Tabula. (Asia).
Map maker : MÜNSTER, S..
Date : Basel, Heinrich Petri, 1545.
Size : 10.2 x 13.2 inches. / 26.0 x 33.6 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :One of the first European maps of Asia. Although quite crude, Münster's map does significantly improve upon the Ptolemaic model for the area. The coast of China begins to emerge in recognizable form, although Japan is not shown yet.
The rare first state of Münster's highly important map of Asia, a veritable masterpiece of Renaissance cartography Münster's India Extrema, XIX, Nova Tabula is a very elegant map, that embraces most of Asia, from the Persian Gulf to the Far East.
Although largely based on Ptolemy's ancient template, it includes some advancements gleaned from recent Portuguese discoveries.
The outlines of the Indian subcontinent, between the Indus and the Ganges rivers begins to take a recognizable form, with "Zaylon" (Sri Lanka) correctly appearing as its own island.
The Portuguese outpost of Goa and Calicut, the first place where Vasco da Gama landed in 1497, are depicted. Further to the east "Taprobana" (the name Ptolemy gave to Sri Lanka) is also designated as "Sumatra". On the adjacent Malay Peninsular is the important trading port of "Malaqua" (Malacca). Java is also portrayed, but is depicted as two separate islands. "Moloca" (The Moluccas), the Spice Islands that were a major point of contention between Spain and Portugal are shown. The resolution of the dispute was the official purpose of Magellan's epic circumnavigation.

The depiction of "Cathay" (China) is shown to be largely predicated on Venetian lore. The seas to the south of the map are adorned with a large sea monster and a mermaid with a bifurcated tail.

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.

Sebastian Münster (1448-1552) was a mathematician, geographer and professor at Basel University. He also compiled a highly influential encyclopedic work entitled Cosmographia universalis, which first appeared in 1544 and contained forty-eight woodcut maps. He was among the first editors of a published geographical text to quote or acknowledge his sources and authorities.
Now-a-days difficult to find in original untouched condition, as most examples on the market have modern colour added.

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Condition : Woodblock map with letterpress on verso. Paper with usual age-toning. Very good throughout. Paper size 300 x 380mm.


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