The map incorporates classical and modern sources.

The place names and the many legends (commentaries) on the map offer fascinating opportunities for further research, not just in the west, but in Asia as well. The portrayal of China and many islands in the seas to the east of it owe much to Marco Polo, the famous Venetian whose dictated account of his travels was written down in 1298.

The cross of Prester John, legendary Christian king whose kingdom was sometimes located in Africa, appears in Asia on Waldseemüller's wall map.
Prester John

Waldseemüller's wall map is the largest and most detailed world map to its time (Whitfield 1994, 48). The map incorporates classical and modern sources, presenting a scholarly world view based on comparisons of Ptolemaic maps with new maps and accounts.

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