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Auction 118, Lot 57

"Veteris Orbis Climata ex Strabone", Cellarius, Christophorus

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1703 (published)

Publication: Notitia Orbis Antiquae

Color: Hand Color

12 x 8 inches
30.5 x 20.3 cm

Interesting map of the ancient world divided into seven climatic zones. The Asian continent is severely truncated and there is no Japan. The map is nicely composed in a semi-circular projection with a ribbon banner-style title and eight wind heads. At top is a wonderful vignette of the mythological wind god Aeolus whose floating island prison constrained the winds with one particularly beastly example of the north wind about to be unleashed. Surrounding the map are wind heads representing; Eurus, the east wind, Zephyrus, the west wind, Notus, the southern wind, Africus, which blows from Africa, Coecia, the northeast wind and Corus, the northwest wind.


Condition: B

Attractive, later color, with bleed-through on verso. A bit of light foxing and narrow margins.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $130

Closed on 3/6/2007