Auction 121, Lot 787

"Appendix Tab. III. Africae, Aegyptum Inferiorem Exhibens", Ptolemy/Mercator

Subject: Egypt

Period: 1698 (circa)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei's Atlas Tabulae geographicae Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

14.3 x 9.7 inches
36.3 x 24.6 cm

Lovely map of the Nile delta based on the Ptolemaic model. Mercator originally published this map in his 1578 edition of Ptolemy's great Geography. Although he is most renowned today for the projection he popularized and for first using the term Atlas for a collection of maps, he devoted much of his life to his Ptolemaic maps. The maps were beautifully engraved as nearly as possible to their original form and embellished with fine cartouches. This map includes two sailing ships in the stipple engraved sea.


Condition: A

The map has very wide original margins with a couple of stains, well away from the map.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/26/2007