Auction 139, Lot 428

"Tabula Europae IIII", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Northern Europe, Germany and Denmark

Period: 1561 (circa)

Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Allessadrino…

Color: Black & White

Size:
9.8 x 10 inches
24.9 x 25.4 cm

This map of ancient Germania is in the typical Ptolemaic style, set within a trapezoidal frame with rope-like mountain ranges. Denmark is misshapen and the island of Gotland is placed too far west. The map is filled with ancient place names and features depictions of several animals, including bison, a long-horned bull, a moose, and a nocturnal bird associated with vampire legends. Latin text on verso.

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Condition: B

Light toning along centerfold with a few faint spots and short centerfold separations in blank margins. There is a small worm track along centerfold and several additional small tracks in blank margins.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $160

Closed on 2/15/2012

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