Tabula Asiae X (Map of Asia)

This early 16th-century portrayal of Asia by German Cosmographer Sebastian Münster is an example of a depiction of the continent based on Ptolemy’s writings and its further interpretations. The map illustrates a portion of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Indian Ocean. It extends north to the origin of the Indus and Ganges and… Read more »

Some Years Travels into Africa and Asia the Great

This is a mid-17th-century travelogue by historian Thomas Herbert, who chronicles his journey to the Middle- East, Asia and Africa with particular emphasis on the empires of Persia and India during the 17th century. Thomas Herbert (1606-1682) was a courtier to Charles I (1600-1649). He travelled to the court of Shah Abbas (1571-1629) of Persia… Read more »