October 29, 2008 at 3:14 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Sumatra ein grosse Insel / so von den alten Geographen Taprobana genennt worden,  ca 1550,   by Sebastian Munster, Basel


This very early and rare map of Sumatra first scene in  Ptolemy�s atlas Geographia Universalis – 1551 edition; edited by Munster; shows the island and part of Malaysia.  It appeared again in Munster�s Comographia editions between 1544 and 1578.  Of note is the map confused Sumatra with  the island of Ceylon.  Being one of the earliest known maps of this region, the woodcut print includes a panel of text to the right of the map which quotes Pliny and just below is a fine engraving of an elephant.  Singapore is identified at the tip of Malay peninsula as Cingafufa.  The map is rated Very Good with some restoration to the left side not evident and with the later color. There is text on the verso and the map  measures approximately (12.0″ x 14.1″  – 30.5 x 35.8 cm).   $530.      ($10.50 shipping / handling / ins. – foreign postage addnl.)     



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