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India Vetus

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India Vetus : P. Cluverius

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This attractive and interesting map appeared in some editions of Introductionis in Universam Geographiam by Philippus Cluverius, (1580 –1622), a German antiquary, geographer and historian. He was in charge of Leiden University's library, but his life's project was a study of classical geography, based not only on classical literary sources, but supplemented by wide travels and local inspections; he was one of the founders of historical geography. He is famed for his edition of Ptolemy's Geographia and the many issues of his works, published post-humously often re-using copperplates engraved for Jansson some years earlier. This map follows Ptolemaic concepts showing Southern Asia perceived in Roman times. Numerous small islands surround the island of Taprobana (or Sri Lanka). India is truncated and the Malay Peninsula is strangely shaped. Beyond the Sinus Magnus lays an amorphous landmass labelled 'Sinae' that stretches off the map eastwards. A pretty title cartouche with fruit and ribbons rounds off the map.
mapmaker: P. Cluverius  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam c.1660-1682
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 145 by 190mm (5.75 by 7.5 inches).
ref: 42312

Price: £ 200

 
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