Leen Helmink Antique Maps

Sumatra by Ramusio

Cartographer

Ramusio

Title

Sumatra

Published

Venice, 1556

Size

27.0 x 36.5 cms

Technique

Woodcut

Stock number

18785

Condition

mint

Price

$ 1100

Description

Very early and rare woodcut map of Sumatra by Giacomo Gastaldi, published by Giovanni Battista Ramusio in Volume III of his 'delle Navigationi et Viaggi', the best early compilation on the history of exploration. South ('ostro') is situated at the top of the map. The map is based on Portuguese sources.

The map is embellished with pictures of animals, natives, sailing ships, etc.
According to Ramusio in his foreword, the maps were made by his friend Giacomo Gastaldi, one of the greatest cartographers of all times.