Antique Map Auction Sale No. 124 - closed 5/7/2008
This Ptolemaic map covers the northern Balkans with emphasis on the Danube River valley. A strapwork title cartouche lies in the Black Sea. Mercator originally published this map in his 1578 edition of Ptolemy's great Geography. Although he is most renowned today for the projection he popularized and for first using the term 'atlas' for a collection of maps, he devoted much of his life to his Ptolemaic maps. The maps were beautifully engraved as nearly as possible to their original form.