TABULA MODERNA HIBER
The rare 1525 Strasbourg issue, with scroll title.
Very appealing, gloriously misshapen early map of British Isles.
Latin text (with title Tabula Nova) set into decorative columns to verso.
This 'modern' outline is a distinct improvement on the Ptolemaic outline. Waldseemuller (copied here by Fries) has corrected the slanting Scotland and Cornwall, and has added many new towns, most notably along the southern and eastern coasts of England and Ireland - areas well known to European sailors and merchants. London and the Thames are named in the interior, along with the hills dividing Scotland and England. However, contrary to the modern concept of the cartography, the mythical island of "Brazil" appears off the west coast of Ireland.
Printed on heavy paper
Uncoloured as issued
Mint condition for this important map
R.W.Shirley, Early Printed Maps of the British Isles 1477 - 1650, no 18. (1)
code : M4959
Cartographer : FRIES Lorenz
Date : 1525 Strasbourg
Size : 31*42 cms excluding Scroll title
availability : Available
Price : £1950
Laurent Fries (*1485 - †1532)
Laurent Fries was a French physician and mathematician born around 1485 in Mulhouse. He settled finally in Strassburg where he meat Peter Apian and the publisher Johannes Grüninger which made him interested in the Ptolemy Atlas of 1513 and 1520. Fries made new woodcut maps in reduced size. His Ptolemy Atlas was published first in 1522, reissued in 1525, 1535 and 1541. He died in 1532.