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TABULA SUPERIORIS INDIAE ET TARTARIAE MAJOIS: MAP OF CHINA, TARTARY, TIBET, MONG
- [Strassburg 1522], Johann Koberger. Single sheet woodcut map sheet size: 55.2 x 40 cm., map size: 16 x 45.5 cm., hand colored, minor dusty surface edges, minor old worm holes restored, now solid and stable copy. * RARE FIRST EDITION * *** *** *** . . A FABULOUS & EARLY FIRST MAP OF EASTERN ASIA . . THE FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN PRINTED MAP SHOWING CHINA, MONGOLIA, MANCHURIA, TIBET, JAPAN, CAMBODIA, TONKING, ANNAM, LAOS AND THAT PART OF SOUTHEAST ASIA & THE FAR EAST. * . . AN ITEM OF MAJOR IMPORTANCE IN THE WORLD OF CARTOGRAPHY . . THE FIRST EUROPEAN MAP OF EAST ASIA & JAPAN . A map inspired by Marco Polo, first recorded by Cladius Ptolemy in his stunning and celebrated first GEOGRAPHIA in ca. 150 A.D. The next issue of a similar map was by Fries, FIRST issued his atlas: "GEOGRAPHIA OF PTOLEMY" in 1522, this being map number 45 of that great and major work. **** KEY POINTS OF THE FIRST EDITION 1522: This is the FIRST recorded map to show China, Tibet, Japan, as well as Tonking, Annam, Laos and Cambodia. * The First Edition contains the text & illustrations on its four sheets: [NOTE:the text is lacking on all later editions & only found on the FIRST EDITION]. This is the "point." . Page 1. The front cover has the title: "TA SVPERIORIS INDIAE ET TARTARIAE MAIORIS" with the clover leaf, and with a pair of very elaborate columns at the left, and a border at the right with wording: "IHS MA IHS MA." The title page text continues: "Marcvs Polo venetus asserit, q inter onmnes imperatores et re/ges ta [m] sarracenoru[m]." Clearly acknowledging Marco Polo's great contribution to this map and knowledge of the region. [See Map Forum below]. . Pages 2 & 3. The center two pages show the map. Above the map is the elaborate title banner with wording: " S TABVLA I." . Page 4. This has text with two chapter titles: Large printers device ahead of text a. DEPROVIDENTIA REGIS MAGNICHAN b. DEVIRGINIBVS NON VALENTIBVSNVBERE Followed by another printers device. . Later editions of this map may lack the title page text, banner above the map, and the last page of text and printers devices. The later editions were 1525, 1535 and 1541. Only the true FIRST EDITION has the complete text and printers devices. **** THE TITLE: The title refers to this being a map of "Upper India [Superioris Indiae] & Tartary [Tartariae Majoris is Greater Mongolia, which includes Inner & Outer Mongolia of today]. * This is also an important "FIRST" map of Asia and Southeast Asia printed by a European. This work shows China, "Zipangri" [Japan], Tibet and Southeast Asia. It also shows "Tebet" Tartary, China, Prov. Bocat [Cambodia]. The map was drawn from primary information from Marco Polo and includes Tibet, Cianba, Bangal [Bengal], Mangi [Manchu], Tangut and Cathai [Cathay] shown in the present-day Manchuria location. * CHINA: Is the shown in the central and upper part of the map. Mongolia, Gobi Desert, the Pamirs mountains, and central China, Tibet and other provinces shown. * JAPAN: An oval-shaped Japan taken from the earlier outlines of the Contarini and Waldseemüller map is located due East of China and Southeast Asia, with Latin text stating that the Japanese are idol worshipers, independent minded and do not pay tribute to the Chinese Emperor. Japan is a large island called Zipangri, a name derived from the Chinese 'Land of the Rising Sun,' which Polo learned about from the Chinese. * A MOST FASCINATING VIGNETTE OF THE GREAT KUBLAI KHAN: An unusual vignette is located just East of "Provicia Cathai" and shows the Great Kublai Khan [1215-1294] seated in his Yurt [others wrongly call it a "tent"] he holds two swords. In his background are a large number of other Yurts presumably containing "Golden Hordes" [Tartar-Mongols]. It was recorded that Marco Polo [1254-1324] met Kublai Khan in 1269. This is a charming feature of this map. * THE TEXT: The texts throughout are in Latin. * PRINTING & HAND-COLOR TECHNIQUE: The map's black outline was finely printed by woodblock
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