Auction 107, Lot 467

"[Tabula Sexta Asiae Complectitur Arabian felicem & Carmaniam]", Waldseemuller/Fries

Subject: Arabia

Period: 1541 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Geographicae

Color: Black & White

18 x 10.7 inches
45.7 x 27.2 cm

Woodblock map illustrating the Ptolemaic concept of the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf. Both the width of the southern part of Arabia and the size and shape of the Arabian Gulf are both oversized. This overall form of the peninsula, labeled here Arabia Felix, was hugely influential, and served as a standard for European maps of the region for many years. Title is on verso.

References: Mickwitz II #211-20.

Condition: B

Fine impression with faint toning along fold and a light manuscript ink notation off one of the islands at center. Two tiny binding holes in blank margins.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $600

Closed on 6/9/2004