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Sebastian Münster:  Tabula Asiae X [India]

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Title: Tabula Asiae X [India]

Map Maker: Sebastian Münster

Place / Date: Basle / 1544 ca

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 13.5 x 10 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $572.00

Inventory ID: 0125gh


Early example of  Munster's map of part of India and the Indian Ocean, extending north to the sources of the Indus and Ganges Rivers, based upon Ptolemy.

Munster's Geographia was a cartographic landmark, including not only Ptolemaic maps, but also a number of landmark modern maps, including the first separate maps of the 4 continents, the first map of England and the earliest obtainable map of Scandinavia. Munster dominated cartographic publication during the mid-16th Century. Munster is generally regarded as one of the three most important map makers of the 16th Century, along with Ortelius and Mercator.

Munster was a linguist and mathematician, who initially taught Hebrew in Heidelberg. He issued his first mapping of Germany in 1529, after which he issued a call geographical information about Germany to scholars throughout the country. The response was better than hoped for, and included substantial foreign material, which supplied him with up to date, if not necessarily accurate maps for the issuance of his Geographia in 1540. 

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Maps of Central Asia
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