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Auction 109, Lot 10

"[Tabula Moder. Gronlandiae et Russiae]", Waldseemuller/Fries

Subject: World

Period: 1525 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Geographicae…

Color: Black & White

18 x 11 inches
45.7 x 27.9 cm

This is one of two 'modern' world maps included in Fries' Ptolemaic atlas and one of the few early 16th century world maps available to collectors. It is a reduced version of Waldseemuller's famous Admiral's Map, concentrating on the Old World but showing parts of America at the left side. Decorative elements have been added including an elephant and portraits of five kings - of Russia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Toprobana and Mursuli. It provides a fascinating view of what was known, and not known, of the world at the beginning of the Age of Discovery. Title is on verso, enclosed in a decorative woodblock illustration.

References: Shirley #49; Nordenskiold Vol. 2, #208-49.

Condition: B

Good impression and overall clean sturdy paper. Worming along centerfold has been professionally in-filled without facsimile of a few lines of lost engraving.

Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000

Sold for: $3,000

Closed on 12/1/2004