"Tab. IV. Europae, Germaniam et Galliam Belgicam Exhibens…", Ptolemy/Mercator
Period: 1698 (published)
Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei's Atlas Tabulae geographicae Orbis Terrarum
Color: Black & White
16 x 13.4 inches
40.6 x 34 cm
Attractive map of northern Germany on the Ptolemaic model. 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. This map is from a 1698 edition.