Auction 117, Lot 800

"Libyae Interioris Pars", Ptolemy

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1541 (published)


Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 11.7 inches
47 x 29.7 cm

This is a stunning, Ptolemaic map covering eastern Libya and Egypt and the Nile Delta in considerable detail with the characteristic rope-like mountains and exaggerated rivers. The map is a slightly reduced version of Waldseemuller's similar map of 1513 with Latin text on verso. This map is from a reissue of the 1535 Ptolemaic atlas edited by Michael Servetus.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara, (Nordenskiold Vol. 2) #211-13.

Condition: A

Appropriate, later color with very skillful professional repair of extensive worming on centerfold done with the leaf-casting method with some facsimile; a superb, nearly invisible job of conservation.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $500

Closed on 12/6/2006