Auction 129, Lot 745

"[Tabula III Asiae]", Ptolemy/Fries

Subject: Caucasus

Period: 1535 (published)

Publication: Geographia

Color: Hand Color

14.8 x 11.5 inches
37.6 x 29.2 cm

Fine Ptolemaic map of the region between the Black and Caspian Seas with Armenia, Choli, Iberia and Albania on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire. The woodcut map from the blocks of Laurent Fries is based on the work of Waldseemuller. This edition was edited by Michael Servetus, the martyr executed by the Calvins in 1553 for heresy. The Latin title and text on verso includes borders and ornamentation attributed to Hans Holbein. Geographically the map is classic Ptolemy, trapezoid in outline with convoluted mountain ranges.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) #209-35.

Condition: A

Minor soil in the wide margins.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/23/2009