Auction 128, Lot 817

"Landtaffel uber Asia darinn furnemlich begriffen sein Colchis Iberia Albania und gross Armenia", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Caucasus

Period: 1550 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographiae Universalis

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.3 x 9.8 inches
33.8 x 24.9 cm

This woodblock Ptolemaic map covers the region between the Black and Caspian Seas. The map is divided into three regions: Colchidis, Albania and Armenia. A large gate (Portae Albaniae) is shown in the mountains at the top of the map. This reflects the legend of Alexander the Great, who is said to have discovered the evil hordes of Gog and Magog in this region. Alexander, calling upon the power of God, moved the mountains together and built a mighty wall spanning the entire Caucasus range, closing off the civilized south from the forces of darkness. Noah's Ark is shown in the Caspian Sea. German text on verso.

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Condition: B+

Dark, early impression, fine later color and wide, original margins. Some old binding holes along centerfold professionally repaired and filled on verso with paper casting and tissue.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 5/20/2009

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