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Mercator Map 1595 – srilanka connected to main land

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I love this map, mainly because it shows modern day SriLanka but it is connected to the mainland of India. In most of the other maps of this era, Sri Lanka was generally depicted as a HUGE island.

The color on this is kind of strong and vivid and I think it is original color.

striking old color example of Mercator’s Ptolemaic map of ancient Southeast Asia, first issued in the 1595 edition of Mercator’s Geographia, based upon the works of Claudius Ptolemy.

While perhaps most famous for his maps of the modern World and the first to use the name “Atlas” to describe a book of maps, one of Mercator’s life works was a corrected and improved edition of maps based upon the work of Claudius Ptolemy.

The map shows the entire region of southeast Asia with the Ganges River in the west, the “Sinae” (China) in the east, and southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, and China Sea.

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