Auction 124, Lot 701

"Tab. I. Africae, in qua Mauritania Tingitana et Caesariensis…", Ptolemy/Mercator

Subject: Northwestern Africa

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

Mercator's fine engraving style is evident on this attractive Ptolemaic map of northwestern Africa. The interior portrays mountain ranges, rivers and cities, as well as lions, a leopard and an elephant. The map includes the Straits of Gibraltar and is decorated with two sailing ships, compass rose and a fine strapwork title cartouche with two chubby child-like creatures with wings and fishtails.

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

Condition: B

There are several unobtrusive notations in ink and some light scattered foxing.

Estimate: $200 - $250


Closed on 5/7/2008