Auction 128, Lot 870

"[Aphricae Tabula Quarta Continet Libyam & Duas Aethiopias]", Ptolemy/Fries

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1541 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Geographicae…

Color: Hand Color

17.3 x 11.5 inches
43.9 x 29.2 cm

Fine Ptolemaic from the blocks of Laurent Fries, the famous physician, astrologer and geographer. This map covers the regions of Africa that were known to the ancients. The twin lake sources of the Nile are located near the Mons Lune (Mountains of the Moon). The Niger River is prominently featured in Libya with its source in several interior lakes and mountains ranges. The legendary Christian king, Prester John, is pictured in Ethiopia. This edition, printed by Gaspar Trechsel, is a reissue of the 1535 edition, which was printed from the same blocks as those in the 1525 edition with wear showing in the lower side borders. Title is from the verso, which contains Latin text.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) #211-14.

Condition: B+

Slightly uneven color with wide original margins. Some worm tracks entering the bottom border and the blank map above have been professionally filled and are unobtrusive.

Estimate: $475 - $550

Sold for: $375

Closed on 5/20/2009