World map

By PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius; and Martin WALDSEEMULLER, 1513 

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  • Author: PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius; and Martin WALDSEEMULLER
  • Publication place: Strassburg:
  • Publisher: Johannes Schott, 12th March
  • Publication date: 1513
  • Physical description: Woodcut map
  • Inventory reference: 5334


This world map was created by Waldseemüller for inclusion in the Strassburg edition, signalling the beginning of the section of 20 modern maps which were added to the 27 Ptolemaic originals. This world map gives a more accurate outline of eastern Asia than Ptolemy. It contains Greenland, which is attached to Europe, but only a tiny section of North America, meant to represent either Newfoundland or Labrador. The coastline of South America is left unfinished, and only five place names are given.


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    • Shirley, Rodney. (1987). The mapping of the world. London: Holland Press.
  4. Nordenskiold 205 (incomplete)
  5. Adams P2219.