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Auction 115, Lot 487

"[Germania]", Ptolemy/Fries

Subject: Germany

Period: 1535 (published)


Color: Black & White

12.6 x 11.5 inches
32 x 29.2 cm

An nice example of this "modern" map of Germany. Denmark and Scotland are still given their distorted Ptolemaic outlines. In this wood block map, Fries has added a vignette of the Holy Roman Emperor, not included in Waldsemuller's model. The Latin text on the verso is flanked by ornate woodblock designs, presumably the work of Hans Holbein the Younger and Urs Graf. Nice example of this early map.


Condition: A

Dark impression on a full sheet of hand laid paper with huge margins.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $400

Closed on 6/21/2006