Auction 127, Lot 36

"Ptolemaei Typus", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1562 (published)

Publication: La geografia de Claudio Tolomeo…

Color: Black & White

10 x 6 inches
25.4 x 15.2 cm

This Ptolemaic map of the ancient world follows the classical format in a retrained and simple style. The Mediterranean is well depicted, but greatly exaggerated in length. In Africa, the Nile is shown originating from mountains south of the equator. The Indian Ocean is landlocked with a continuous coastline joining Africa to South East Asia. Toprobana, present day Sri Lanka, is a very large island in the Indian Ocean and the Indian sub-continent is completely missing, although the Ganges River is shown. Copper engraving in the Italian style with a stippled sea. This is the first state, as evidenced by the lack of the top platemark; two maps were printed from the same plate for the first edition. Italian text on verso.

References: Shirley #109.

Condition: A+

A sharp impression with a few light finger prints in the blank margins.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $325

Closed on 2/25/2009