Auction 126, Lot 695

"Tabula Asiae VI [on verso] Tabula Asiae VII", Magini, Giovanni Antonio

Subject: Arabia and Central Asia

Period: 1620 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

7 x 5 inches
17.8 x 12.7 cm

Finely engraved Ptolemaic map of Arabia with a stipple engraved sea and a tiny fanciful sea monster in the Pelagus Indicum. It is a fairly good representation of the peninsula, although Ptolemy overestimated the width of the southern part of the peninsula and distorted the shape of the Arabian Gulf. The map is presented on a trapezoidal projection with parallels and meridians (forerunners of lines of longitude and latitude) enumerated in the borders. Major towns are named, although not accurately located, and the rivers are entirely imaginary. Tabula Asiae VII, a map of Central Asia is on verso (uncolored). The maps are on a full sheet of Italian text (7.7 x 11.3").


Condition: B+

There are some ink spots in the margin with a couple minor spots in the maps.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $170

Closed on 12/3/2008