Catalog Archive
Auction 123, Lot 598

"Tab. V. Europae, in qua Raetia, Pannonia, Noricum, Liburnia, Dalmatia, cum Italiae Parte", Ptolemy/Mercator

Subject: Southern Europe

Period: 1730 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei's Atlas Tabulae geographicae Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18 x 12.6 inches
45.7 x 32 cm

An attractive Ptolemaic map of the Balkan coast and northern Italy along the Adriatic Sea. 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.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara, (Nordenskiold-2) #235-23.

Condition: A

Nice impression on a sheet of fine laid paper with wide margins. The map has some minor marginal toning, still very good.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $210

Closed on 2/20/2008