Auction 117, Lot 801

"[Aphricae Tabula secunda continet]", Ptolemy

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1541 (published)


Color: Hand Color

18.2 x 11 inches
46.2 x 27.9 cm

This is a very early, Ptolemaic woodcut map of Northern Africa with the area of Algeria and Tunisia. The title, Aphricae Tabula secunda continet Africam & Numidiam is on the verso with Latin text. The map is a slightly reduced version of Waldseemuller's similar map of 1513 and is a reissue of the 1535 Ptolemaic atlas edited by Michael Servetus.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara, (Nordenskiold Vol. 2) #211-12.

Condition: B

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: $600 - $800

Sold for: $550

Closed on 12/6/2006