Auction 137, Lot 794

"Libyae Interioris Pars ... Tabula III Affri", Ptolemy/Fries

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1535 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Geographicae Enarrationis…

Color: Hand Color

18 x 13.2 inches
45.7 x 33.5 cm

This stunning, Ptolemaic map covers eastern Libya , Egypt and the Nile Delta in considerable detail with the characteristic rope-like mountains and exaggerated rivers. This edition was printed by Melchior and Gaspar Trechsel, and edited by Michael Servetus. The verso has Latin and Greek text with elaborate wood cut panels flanking it, that are said to be the work of Hans Holbein.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara, (Nordenskiold Vol. 2) #209-29.

Condition: B+

A few expertly repaired holes in blank areas along centerfold, and a few minute holes in border that are only visible when held up to light. Top-left corner has been replaced with old paper, far from map image.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/14/2011