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Auction 114, Lot 508

"Eur: VI Tab:", Ptolemy/Mercator

Subject: Italy

Period: 1618 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Geographiae Veteris…

Color: Hand Color

19 x 13.5 inches
48.3 x 34.3 cm
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Ptolemaic map of Italy finely engraved with a stippled sea, sea monster and elaborate cartouche. Although he is most renowned today for his map projection and the popularization of the term Atlas for a collection of maps, Gerard Mercator devoted much of his life to his Ptolemaic maps. The maps were beautifully engraved as nearly as possible to their original form and embellished with fine cartouches.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) #232-7.

Condition: C

Fine impression and original color with some offsetting stains. Old paper repair on short bottom fold separation.

Estimate: $450 - $500

Sold for: $475

Closed on 3/1/2006