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MÜNSTER, S. - Ptolemaisch General Tafel Begreissend die halbe Rugel der Weldt

MÜNSTER, S. - Ptolemaisch General Tafel Begreissend die halbe Rugel der Weldt
Ptolemaisch General Tafel Begreissend die halbe Rugel der Weldt - MÜNSTER, S.
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Title : Ptolemaisch General Tafel Begreissend die halbe Rugel der Weldt.
Map maker : MÜNSTER, S..
Date : Basel, 1540.
Size : 9.8 x 13.6 inches. / 25.0 x 34.5 cm.
Colouring : Coloured

Description :A fine coloured example of Munster's first ancient map of the World, based upon the writings of Ptolemy.
The world map is surrounded by clouds and eleven wind heads (with their names shown in banners). The continents have peculiar shapes and are all connected by a great southern continent 'Terra incognito secundum Ptolemaeum', which land locks the Indian Ocean.
There is a very large Taprobana (modern day Sri Lanka) in the Indian Ocean, and the Indian subcontinent is severely truncated.
Only the northern part of Africa is shown with the Nile originating in a series of lakes in a large mountain range. The woodcut technique with its insertion of fine lettering is amazingly elegant engraved, almost in the style of the copper engravings of Ortelius, Blaeu, or Hondius.



Condition : Very good overall condition, with only some small imperfections. Wide margins, strong and clear impression. This woodcut map is printed on better quality paper than many other examples of this map.


ID: 97673

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