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1574 Tabvla Asiae XI [map of Bengal and Burma, “India Extra Gangem”]

1574 Tabvla Asiae XI [map of Bengal and Burma, “India Extra Gangem”]

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By: Giralamo Ruscelli

Date: 1574 (Published) Venice

Dimensions: 6.89 x 9.25 inches (17.5 cm x 23.5 cm)

This early map published in Venice shows Bengal and Burma. On the verso is printed text in Italian headed “Dell’Asia, Tavola XI. Antica,” and lists cities with their differences in sunrise times by differences in latitude. The first letter of the text, a capital letter L, has a vignette of Leda and the Swan. The other page, under the heading “Annotatione,” gives descriptions of India and China. The region of Bengal and Burma depicted is highly inaccurate, except for the representation of the Ganges Delta at the upper left side at the end of the Bay of Bengal, in the area labeled India Intra Gangem pars. The region of Burma and Thailand is labeled India Extra Gangem. The seas are represented with light stippled shading. The margins of the map taper from the equator, reflecting an attempt to account for the curvature of the Earth.

Condition: The map is in good condition. Two worm holes at the bottom repaired with archival material on the verso. Toning darker at center fold.

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