"Tab. II. Asiae Sarmatiam Asiaticam repraesentans", Ptolemy/Mercator
Period: 1698 (published)
Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei's Atlas Tabulae geographicae Orbis Terrarum
Color: Black & White
18 x 14 inches
45.7 x 35.6 cm
Lovely map of the region between the Black and Caspian seas and north to the Hyperborie Montes and south to include the Bosphorus Strait. 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 and embellished with fine cartouches and cultural scenes. This map is from an 1698 edition. The ornamental border of the map first appeared in this edition.