Catalog Archive
Auction 115, Lot 733

"Tabula I Aphricae", Ptolemy/Fries

Subject: Africa - Northern

Period: 1522-35 (published)

Publication: La Geografia

Color: Black & White

17.3 x 11 inches
43.9 x 27.9 cm

Magnificent woodblock map from the blocks of Laurent Fries, the famous physician, astrologer and geographer, and edited by Michael Servetus, the martyr executed by the Calvins in 1553. This Ptolemaic map depicts within a trapezoid border the northern part of Africa showing Mauritania (present-day Morocco), Algeria, and Tunisia, with large rivers and convoluted mountain ranges. The Latin text on verso includes a woodcut border and ornamentation attributed to Hans Holbein.

References: Manasek p.30.

Condition: A

A near fine example with fine impression and wide margins. Printed on fine hand laid paper with some show through of text on verso.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $425

Closed on 6/21/2006