Tabula Nona Asia Continentur, Aria

Laurent Fries (*1485 - 1532)
Antique woodcut map of India, Afghanistan, Pakistan. Printed in Vienne by Melchior and Gaspar Trechsel in 1541.

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An early woodcut map of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the western part of India. With a small illustration of a king and title on verso.

The origin of this Ptolemaic map is 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 nouissima traductione e Grecorum archetypis castigatissime pressum and published by Johann Schott in Strassburg 1513. It is one of the most important edition of the 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. The wood blocks of Fries found their way into the ownership of Melchior and Gaspar Trechsel in Lyon. This map is the fourth printing of the woodcut maps prepared by Lorenz Fries and was published in the 1541 Vienne edition.


CartographerLaurent Fries
TitleTabula Nona Asia Continentur, Aria
Publisher, YearMelchior and Gaspar Trechsel, Vienne, 1541
Plate Size30.5 x 43.5 cm (12.0 x 17.1 inches)
Sheet Size35.5 x 46.0 cm (14.0 x 18.1 inches)


Tiny tears in upper white margin, excellent conditions.


Laurent Fries was a French physician and mathematician born around 1485 in Mulhouse. He settled finally in Strassburg where he meat Peter Apian and the publisher Johannes Grüninger which made him interested in the Ptolemy Atlas of 1513 and 1520. Fries made new woodcut maps in reduced size. His Ptolemy Atlas was published first in 1522, reissued in 1525, 1535 and 1541. He died in 1532.

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Antique woodcut map of India, Afghanistan, Pakistan. Printed in Vienne by Melchior and Gaspar Trechsel in 1541.

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