Auction 123, Lot 496

"Tab. III. Europae, Galliam, Belgicam, ac Germaniae, Partem Representans", Ptolemy/Mercator

Subject: Low Countries

Period: 1730 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei's Atlas Tabulae geographicae Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

12.4 x 13.3 inches
31.5 x 33.8 cm

A handsome Ptolemaic map of France and Belgium, showing a partial coastline of England. 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 is from a 1730 edition.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara, (Nordenskiold-2) #235-21.

Condition: A

A crisp example on fine laid paper with wide margins. The upper border shows evidence of a crack in the plate with some excess ink.

Estimate: $275 - $350


Closed on 2/20/2008