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1535 - Orbis Typus Universalis Iuxta Hydrographorum Traditionem

Map makerSizeMap IDCondition
Laurent Fries 480 x 360 mmD15 / M123 / I45Please contact us for a condition report

Fries' map is of particular interest as it portrays to some extent, the curr-ent indecision about the nature of the world at that time. America had only been discovered some thirty years earlier and images of this New World had just started to make their way onto maps.

The world is shown largely in Ptolemaic format with the new addition of America somewhat squeezed into place. There is no mention of Terra Australis Incognita. According to Shirley it is one of "the earliest world maps that collectors can still obtain." America is crudely represented, as is the Malay Peninsula , which is elongated and curved. Only 'Java Minor' and two other islands are shown in Southeast Asia . Java ('Java Maior') and Madagascar are placed next to each other in the middle of the Indian Ocean . England and Scotland are shown as separate islands. Wind names are labelled in the banners that border the map and are linked by rope.

First published in 'Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini…Geographiae' Strassburg 1522. This edition with title in banner published in Gaspar and Melchoir Treschel's 1535 edition of 'Geographia' Lyons 1535.

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