Duodecima et ultima Asiae tabula

Bernardus Sylvanus
Antique woodcut map of Taprobana, Sri Lanka, Ceylon. Printed in Venice by J. Pentius de Leucho in 1511.

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Early woodcut map of Ceylon / Sri Lanka printed in red and black. From Bernardus Sylvanus also known as Bernardo Silvano of Eboli Ptolemy edition 'Claudii Ptholemaei Alexandrini liber Geographicae...', printed 1511 in Venice. Sylvanus created a unique hybrid of Classical and modern information on his maps for his 1511 edition. He fitted Ptolemy's list of provinces, towns, as they existed in the Classical period to the modern geographical outline of the coasts, rivers, and mountains. The map have been printed in two colours - black and red, one of the earliest examples of two colour printing.

Each of the map sheets of Sylvanus printed on both sides, so halves of two different maps are on the back side of this map. As a result, Sylvanus maps are very rare on the market and certain maps virtually never appear on the market, where they appeared on the verso of maps which were more heavily soughtafter by collectors. In this case, verso right half shows the map of India beyond the Ganges with the description of the Chinese Sea with Southeast Asia, titled 'Undecima Asiae Tabula'.

Details

CartographerBernardus Sylvanus
TitleDuodecima et ultima Asiae tabula
Publisher, YearJ. Pentius de Leucho, Venice, 1511
Plate Size37.5 x 37.5 cm (14.8 x 14.8 inches)
Sheet Size42.0 x 56.5 cm (16.5 x 22.2 inches)
ReferenceKarrow, R.W. (16 c.) 75/54.

Condition

Printed on two leaves which have been rejoined, some scribble in ink by an old hand, very good conditions.

Cartographer

Bernardus Sylvanus also known as Bernardo Silvano of Eboli, created a unique hybrid of Classical and modern information on his maps for the 1511 Ptolemy edition Claudii Ptholemaei Alexandrini liber Geographicae..., printed in Venice. He fitted Ptolemy's list of provinces, towns, and other places as they existed in the Classical period to the modern geographical outline of the coasts, rivers, and mountains. The maps have been printed in two colours - black and red, one of the earliest examples of two colour printing.

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Antique woodcut map of Taprobana, Sri Lanka, Ceylon. Printed in Venice by J. Pentius de Leucho in 1511.

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