Tabula neoterica Crete sive Candie insule

Martin Waldseemüller (*1473 - 1520)
Antique woodcut map of Kriti, Crete. Printed in Strasbourg by Johannes Schott in 1513 or 1520.

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The prototype map of the modern Crete from M. Waldseemuller of 1513/1520.

One of the rare modern maps of the most famouse Ptolemy edition. This representation of Crete served as a prototype map for countless maps until the end of the 18th century.

Christos G. Zacharakis about this map: Type C, late Ptolemaic (pl. V) has been widely used from the 1513 Strassbourg edition of the Geographia to the second half of the 18th century after it was decisively promoted by Ortelius and Mercator.

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 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.


CartographerMartin Waldseemüller
TitleTabula neoterica Crete sive Candie insule
Publisher, YearJohannes Schott, Strasbourg, 1513 or 1520
Plate Size37.0 x 53.0 cm (14.6 x 20.9 inches)
Sheet Size46.3 x 64.5 cm (18.2 x 25.4 inches)
ReferenceZacharakis, C.G.: A Catalogue of Printed Maps of Greece, 1477-1800, No. 2782/1823; Karrow, R. W. Jr.: Mapmakers of the Sixteenth century and their maps, 80/50.


Minor browning, some occasional marginal spotting, two small wormholes. Very stong and good impression. Very good condition.


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 Kriti, Crete. Printed in Strasbourg by Johannes Schott in 1513 or 1520.

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