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Auction 120, Lot 757

"Libyae Interioris Pars ... Tabula III Affri", Ptolemy/Fries

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1535 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Geographicae Enarrationis…

Color: Hand Color

18 x 13 inches
45.7 x 33 cm

This stunning, Ptolemaic map covers eastern Libya , Egypt and the Nile Delta in considerable detail with the characteristic rope-like mountains and exaggerated rivers. This edition was printed by Melchior and Gaspar Trechsel, and edited by Michael Servetus. The verso has Latin and Greek text with elaborate wood cut panels flanking it, that are said to be the work of Hans Holbein.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara, (Nordenskiold Vol. 2) #209, map 29.

Condition: B

A nice impression with some repairs to the centerfold at the top, affecting the banner title.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 7/18/2007