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Auction 135, Lot 617

"Tabula Asiae III", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Caucasus

Period: 1574 (published)


Color: Black & White

9.5 x 7 inches
24.1 x 17.8 cm

This Ptolemaic map covers the region between the Black and Caspian seas. The map is divided into three regions: Colchis, Albania and Armenia Maior. A large gate (Portae Albaniae) is shown in the mountains at the top of the map. This reflects the legend of Alexander the Great, who is said to have discovered the evil hordes of Gog and Magog in this region. Alexander, calling upon the power of God, moved the mountains together and built a mighty wall spanning the entire Caucasus range, closing off the civilized south from the forces of darkness. Italian text on verso.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara, (Nordenskiold) #220-18.

Condition: A+

There is the usual printer's ink residue, else fine.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 2/16/2011