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Auction 133, Lot 625

"Tabula Asiae VIII", Gastaldi, Giacomo

Subject: Central Asia

Period: 1548 (published)

Publication: Geographiae Claudii Ptolemaei…

Color: Black & White

6.7 x 5 inches
17 x 12.7 cm
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Gastaldi's Ptolemaic map of Central Asia includes the northern reaches of the Ganges in northern India. Numerous ancient kingdoms, many from myth and legend, are depicted. Magnus Tartarus is seated in his throne at upper right and a gruesome scene of cannibalism places Anthropophagi (man-eaters) north of Serica and the Anibae Mons. The map was published in the first pocket-sized edition of Ptolemy's Geography.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) #215-47.

Condition: B+

There are some tiny worm holes in the blank margins with two in the bottom border.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $190

Closed on 9/1/2010