Auction 123, Lot 11

"Orbis Antiqui Tabulae Geographicae Secundum Cl. Ptolemaeum…", Ptolemy/Mercator

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9.3 x 14.3 inches
23.6 x 36.3 cm

This striking, classical title page is from Mercator's edition of Ptolemy. It features two river gods in the foreground, and personifications of music, art, and learning are shown mapping the globe, while the angel of Fame trumpets above. Although Mercator 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.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara, (Nordenskiold-2) #235.

Condition: A

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $325

Closed on 2/20/2008