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Undecima Asiae Tabula

Undecima Asiae Tabula : Cl.Ptolemy / N.Germanus

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A good example of one of the earliest depictions of South East Asia; the first available to collectors now. Editions of Claudius Ptolemy's "Geographia" contained maps, printed from 1477, of the world known to the ancients in the first century AD. The Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions were relatively well defined however, and understandably, as the coverage extended further eastwards, so the detail became less discernible. Maps from the first edition of "Geographia" are incredibly rare and effectively unobtainable. This copperplate engraving was the next to be published and appeared in four editions between 1478 and 1508. The map's coverage is the furthest east of the Asia regions and is taken to show Southeast Asia and China. The cartography is confusing with a large peninsula extending between Sinus Gangeticus, the Bay of Bengal, and Magnus Sinus: the South China Sea. The landmass to the right is a remnant of the concept that showed a landlocked Indian Ocean. Finely engraved, with appropriate and attractive colouring.
mapmakers: Cl.Ptolemy   N.Germanus
place and date of publication: Rome 1478-1490
medium and colour: Copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 390 by 550mm (15.25 by 21.75 inches).
ref: 39867
literature: T.Suarez, Early Mapping of Southeast Asia, p84-; Dr D.Parry, The Cartography of

Price: £ 3800

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