Leen Helmink Antique Maps

East Indies by Fries/Waldseemüller

Cartographer

Fries/Waldseemüller

Title

Tabu Mo In Orig

Published

Strassburg, 1522

Size

28.1 x 43.6 cms

Technique

Woodcut

Stock number

18743

Condition

excellent

Price

$ 3250

Description

A fascinating and confused woodcut map of the South East Asia islands, by Laurent Fries after Germanus 1492, Behaim 1493, and Waldseem├╝ller's 1507 wall map of the world.

It is the earliest separate map of South East Asia, almost 500 years old.

The cartographic image deduced entirely from the 13th century travel account of the Venetian Marco Polo, and many quotations from his book are placed all over the map.

A cannibal barbecue scene is shown at the lower right, the natives are wearing Medieval European clothes.