Auction 108, Lot 40

"Ptolemaei Typus", Ptolemy/Magini

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1621 (circa)

Publication: Geographicae Universae…

Color: Black & White

6.9 x 5.3 inches
17.5 x 13.5 cm

Ptolemaic map following the classical format. The Indian Ocean is landlocked with a continuous coastline joining Africa to South East Asia. Toprobana, present day Sri Lanka, is a very large island in the Indian Ocean and the Indian sub-continent is completely missing, although the Ganges river is shown. The Mediterranean is well depicted, but greatly exaggerated in length. In Africa, the Nile is shown originating in mountains below the Equator. Finely engraved in the Italian style with a stippled sea by Girolamo Porro. Map is on a full sheet of Italian text on verso.

References: Shirley #193.

Condition: A

Soil and two short tears in margins.

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/29/2004