Early handcoloured woodcut map of Ceylon / Sri Lanka from M. Waldseemuller of 1513. This ptolemaic map comes from the first so called Modern Atlas by 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 Johann Schott in Strassburg 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.
A tear from upper right corner into the image backed, good conditions.
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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Martin Waldseemüller: Duodecima Asiae Tabula.
Coloured woodcut map of Taprobana, Sri Lanka, Ceylon. Printed in Strasbourg by Schott in 1513 or 1520.
India - Waldseemüller, Martin - Duodecima Asiae Tabula