"Tab. IV. Asiae, in qua Mesopotamia, Syria, Arabia Petrea, ac Deserta", Ptolemy/Mercator
Subject: Middle East
Period: 1730 (published)
Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei's Atlas Tabulae geographicae Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
18 x 13.2 inches
45.7 x 33.5 cm
Great Ptolemaic map of the region between the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf. A ship sails just below Cyprus and the map is decorated with a strapwork title cartouche. Mercator originally published this map in his 1578 edition of Ptolemy's great Geography. Although he is most renowned today for the projection he popularized and for first using the term Atlas for a collection of maps, he devoted much of his life to his Ptolemaic maps.
References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) #235-10.
There are some old blue ink notations within the map.