"Tab: IX. Asiae, Continens Ariam, Paropanisum, Drangianam, Arachosiam, et Gedrosiam", Ptolemy/Mercator
Period: 1698 (circa)
Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei's Atlas Tabulae geographicae Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
15.5 x 13.5 inches
39.4 x 34.3 cm
This lovely map covers the region to the west of the Indus River in what is present-day Pakistan. Mercator originally published this map in his 1578 edition of Ptolemy's great Geography; this version being from the last edition. 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. The maps were beautifully engraved as nearly as possible to their original form and embellished with fine cartouches.
The upper left corner has paper restoration that affects the corner neatlines. Otherwise this is a very fine example with a sharp impression.