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Map makerSizeMap IDCondition
Arias Montanus 500 x 340 mmD15 / M127 / I48Please contact us for a condition report

Montanus' map shows the distribution throughout the world of the Noah's sons and their offspring as they re-populated the earth after the great Flood. A numerical and alphabetical reference system identifies where each of his progenies settled. Of particular interest is the triangular shaped island appearing south of the East Indies and in roughly the position of Australia . It has been suggested (not infrequently), that the depiction of this island represents Portuguese knowledge of Australia , prior to the 1606 Dutch discovery by Jansz.

This information is adopted from the Printed World catalogue series, one of the most enjoyable and informative Australian Antique map catalogues available, created and compiled by Simon Dewez.

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