Auction 124, Lot 636

"Tab: IX. Asiae, Continens Ariam, Paropanisum, Drangianam, Arachosiam, et Gedrosiam", Ptolemy/Mercator

Subject: Pakistan

Period: 1730 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei's Atlas Tabulae geographicae Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

15.5 x 13.5 inches
39.4 x 34.3 cm

This fine copper engraved map covers the region to the west of the Indus River in what is present-day Pakistan. Mercator originally published this map in his 1578 edition of Ptolemy's great Geography; this version being from the last edition. 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.


Condition: A

Fine crisp impression with wide original margins. There is a manuscript black ink note in right margin

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $100

Closed on 5/7/2008