Auction 114, Lot 529

"Eur: VII Tab:", Ptolemy/Mercator

Subject: Mediterranean, Sardinia and Sicily

Period: 1618 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Geographiae Veteris…

Color: Hand Color

19 x 13.5 inches
48.3 x 34.3 cm

Superb Ptolemaic map of the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. Huge sea monsters, ships and an elaborate cartouche grace the fully engraved sea. Although he is most renowned today for the projection he popularized and for first using the term Atlas for a collection of maps, Mercator devoted much of his life to his Ptolemaic maps. The maps were beautifully engraved as nearly as possible to their original form and richly embellished.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) #232-8.

Condition: C

Fine impression and original color with some offsetting stains.

Estimate: $450 - $500

Sold for: $375

Closed on 3/1/2006