Catalog Archive
Auction 123, Lot 635

"Tab. VII. Europae Complecten Sardiniam, Siciliam, ac Corsicae Partem", Ptolemy/Mercator

Subject: Sardinia and Sicily

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

A striking Ptolemaic map of Sardinia and Sicily, shown with a flaming Mt Aetna. 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 and cultural scenes.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara, (Nordenskiold-2) #235-25.

Condition: A

A nice impression on strong laid paper. The right margin has an ink notation in an old hand, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $400

Closed on 2/20/2008