Auction 104, Lot 558

"Tab. XII Asiae Taprobanam", Ptolemy/Mercator

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1698 (circa)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei's Atlas Tabulae geographicae Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

13.8 x 13.2 inches
35.1 x 33.5 cm

A superb example of this Ptolemaic map of Sri Lanka. The map depicts the island with the typical misconceptions of Ptolemy with the island straddling the Equator and showing a small part of India incorrectly in the northeast corner of the map. The stipple engraved sea is filled with an oriental ship and two great sea monsters. The handsome map is further embellished with a strapwork title cartouche.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/10/2003