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Auction 101, Lot 462

"Tertia Africae Tabula", Ptolemy

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1478 (circa)


Color: Black & White

18.2 x 10.5 inches
46.2 x 26.7 cm

Large and very early Ptolemaic map of northern Africa extending from the Atlantic to the Arabian Sea. Good detail along the Nile with many place names. Extends south to below the Tropic of Cancer and to the Aharrag Mountains, here the Azar Mons. Filled with place names and named islands along the Mediterranean coast. The plate was created in 1478, but also used in the 1490, 1507 and 1508 editions.

References: Nordenskiold, map XIV; Campbell, "The Earliest Printed Maps 1472-1500." p. 131.

Condition: B

Crisp impression on a large sheet of thick, vellum-like paper with wide margins and very nice dollar-sized watermarks. Soft crease down centerfold, a little scattered soiling, small chip at top center, else very good.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 12/4/2002