One of the earliest maps to reference Singapore
By GASTALDI, Giacomo; after , 1574

India tercera nuova tavola.

Asia Southeast Asia
  • Author: GASTALDI, Giacomo; after
  • Publication place: [Venice
  • Publisher: Giordano Ziletti
  • Publication date: 1574-73].
  • Physical description: Engraved map, Italian text on verso.
  • Dimensions: 220 by 310mm. (8.75 by 12.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 17576


From the third edition of Girolamo Ruscelli’s humanist translation of Ptolemy’s ‘La Geografia’, first published in 1561. The map remains unchanged from the first edition, and is an enlarged copy engraved by Giulio and Livio Sanuto of Gastaldi’s map of the same area for his 1548/47 edition of Ptolemy. A comprehensive map of Southeast Asia, it extends from the Gulf of Bengal south to Sumatra, the Malay Peninsula, shows Singapore as “C. Cinca Pula”, Java and the Moluccas islands, and north along the coast of China to Canton. When it was first engraved by Gastaldi in 1547 it was the first map to reference Singapore.