Tavola della oriental regione dell' Asia, che comprende l'estreme terre & regni di quella
- [Basel,] : [publisher not identified], [approximately 1558].
- Physical description
- 1 map : hand colored woodcut ; 26 x 34 cm
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A collection of eleven maps from the Frank Lee Map Collection, including the Complete Map of the Everlasting Unified Qing Empire. [Jiaqing, 1796-1820]., A collection of eleven maps from the Frank Lee Map Collection, including the Complete Map of the Everlasting Unified Qing Empire. [Jiaqing, 1796-1820].
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- Münster, Sebastian, 1489-1552.
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- Map Data
- Scale not given (E 25°35'00"--W 168°58'00"/N 81°57'00"--S 12°12'00").
- Relief shown pictorially.
- Coordinates approximate and based on Greenwich meridian.
- Shows topography, drainage, islands, political boundaries, major cities.
- Sea monster and mermaid with two tails.
- Collector's note: The earliest separate map specifically of Asia. Munster's striking woodcut map significantly updated earlier European depictions of Asia that were based almost entirely on Claudius Ptolemy, the second century A. D. Alexandrian geographer. For example, the coast of China is here in more recognizable form, and although much too slender, the Indian subcontinent is at least a single peninsula and not in the doublepeninsular form of earlier maps. The relative size of Sri Lanka ("Zaylon") has been corrected, but its early name, Taprobana, has migrated to Sumatra, which itself is mislocated to the west of Malaysia. The map retains mention of Marco Polo's 7448 islands east of China seen on earlier maps. The woodcut is charmingly embellished with a mermaid and a large, whale-like creature.