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Sumatra Ein Grosse Insel ... Taprobana ...

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Sumatra Ein Grosse Insel ... Taprobana ... : S. Munster / H. Petri

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A charming woodblock map showing the southern tip of Malaya and Sumatra, thus showing early knowledge of the Singapore Straits and coastline. A large scene of an elephant with its mahout, or sais gajah in Malaya, atop occupies lower right. The plate appeared in late editions of Sebastian Munster's great work " Cosmographia" published posthumously by his stepson Hienrich Petri. Slight age browning and fragile tears on three edges and slight rubbing of print on neatline at lower edge.
mapmakers: S. Munster   H. Petri
place and date of publication: Basle 1578-
medium and colour: woodblock, uncoloured
size in mm: 315 by 360mm (12.5 by 14.25 inches).
ref: 42405
literature: Nordenskiold, Annotated Catalogue Of Maps, 2, p90, (23).

Price: £ 750

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