Auction 124, Lot 698

"Tabula Africae IIII [on verso] Tabula Asiae I", Ptolemy/Magini

Subject: Northwestern Africa

Period: 1621 (circa)

Publication: Geografia cioe Descrittione Universale della Terra

Color: Hand Color

7 x 5 inches
17.8 x 12.7 cm

Two lovely copper engraved maps, one on each side of the sheet. Both fully engraved with mountains in the Ptolemaic style, stipple engraved seas and many place names. Africae IIII shows the continent to well below the equator and shows the Nile originating from two lakes in the Mountains of the Moon. Asiae I shows all of Turkey including part of the Black Sea, and extending to show parts of Crete, Cyprus and Syria. On a full sheet (8 x 11.5") with Italian text below each map.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) #233-16 & 17.

Condition: A

Small damp stains in margins.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $150

Closed on 5/7/2008