Handcoloured trapezoidal woodcut map of Southeast Asia. From the 1541 Vienne edition of Ptolemy's Geographia edited by M. Servetus and published by Gaspar Trechsel.
'This is the first printed map of European origin devoted to Southeast Asia and its islands' (Suarez), first published in the 1522 Strasbourg edition by J. Gruninger. Showing Indonesia with the islands, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. With one small figural scene showing cannibalism.
In addition to size reduced Waldseemuller maps from 1513 in the Geographia, Fries produced several additional original maps, including this map basing its style on the 1507 world map by Waldseemuller, survived only in one copy today at the Library of Congress in Washington.
Several vertical and horizontal creases flatted, some still visible, centrefold backed, 5 cm split of centerfold on top repaired, good 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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Laurent Fries: Tabula noua Indiae orientalis & meridionalis..
Coloured woodcut map of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia. Printed in Vienne by G. Trechsel in 1541.
Southeast Asia - Fries, Laurent - Tabula noua Indiae orientalis & meridionalis.