Antique woodcut map of the Holy Land with Cyprus. Printed in Strasbourg by Johannes Schott in 1513.

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Waldseemüller's scarce woodcut map of the Holy Land and the Middle East with Cyprus.

Rare and early woodcut map of the the Holy Land and the Middle East by Martin Waldseemüller. Shows the area from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf with the territories of today's nations Cyprus, Israel, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Prominently marked are Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Cyprus, Arabia Deserta, Arabie Felicis Pars, Syria and Aegypti Pars. Cyprus with numerous place names, rivers and the Olympos.

This map comes from the so called first Modern Atlas by the most famous of all early sixteenth-century cosmographers Martin Waldseemuller, since it is the first Ptolemy edition with twenty new regional maps beside the traditional twenty-seven Ptolemaic maps derived from the 1482 Ulm edition. The Atlas is titled GEOGRAPHIE OPUS NOVISSIMA TRADUCTIONE E GRECORUM ARCHETYPIS published by Johannes Schott in Strasbourg 1513 and is one of the most important edition of Ptolemy Atlases. In 1520 a second edition of the atlas was printed by Schott from the same woodcut blocks. It was reissued 1522 and 1525 by Laurent Fries and Johannes Gruninger with size reduced maps.


CartographerMartin Waldseemüller
TitleQuarta Asiae Tabula
Publisher, YearJohannes Schott, Strasbourg, 1513
Plate Size39.0 x 54.3 cm (15.4 x 21.4 inches)
Sheet Size45.0 x 61.3 cm (17.7 x 24.1 inches)
ReferenceLaor, E.: Maps of the Holy Land: Cartobibliography of Printed Maps, 1475-1900, No. 608; Karrow, R. W. Jr.: Mapmakers of the Sixteenth century and their maps, 80/23.


Slightly browned in margins, a few small wormholes, upper right a page number by an old hand. Early, strong and clear impression. Very good conditions with wide margins.


Martin Waldseemuller was born 1473 in Wolfenweiler close to Freiburg. He has a unique part in the history of cartography, since he is responsible for the naming of AMERICA, the new discovered continent. The most famous maps of Waldseemuller have been discovered as late as 1901 in the family castle of Prince Johannes Waldburg-Wolfegg in southern Germany. One map is the 12 sheet woodcut map from 1507 also called America's birth certificate the first known document showing the name America and reflects the discoveries of Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci. The second map is a rare sea chart from 1516 - knows as Carta Marina. He died in 1520.

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Antique woodcut map of the Holy Land with Cyprus. Printed in Strasbourg by Johannes Schott in 1513.

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