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Auction 106, Lot 484

"Tab. III. Asiae in qua Colchis, Iberia Albania, ac Armenia Maior", Ptolemy/Mercator

Subject: Caucasus

Period: 1730 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei's Atlas Tabulae geographicae Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

17.7 x 13.4 inches
45 x 34 cm
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Lovely Ptolemaic map of the Caucasus region and what is now Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, eastern Turkey and northern Iran. 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. The map is embellished with a fierce sea monster in the Black Sea and a strapwork title cartouche in the Caspian Sea.


Condition: A

Couple of tiny spots on centerfold, overall very good.

Estimate: $230 - $275

Sold for: $170

Closed on 3/3/2004