Auction 139, Lot 50

Jansson's Famous Peutinger Table

"Tabula Itineraria ex Illustri Peutingerorum Bibliotheca…", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1652 (circa)

Publication: Horn's Accuratissima Orbis Antiqui Delineatio

Color: Hand Color

20 x 15.5 inches
50.8 x 39.4 cm

Four sheets making up the famous Peutinger Table, or a Roman road map of the world. The original parchment document was found by Konrad Celtes in a library in Augsburg, came into the hands of Konrad Peutinger and later went to his relative Mark Welser who was the first to publish a copy of it in 1591 at Aldus Manutius in Venice. These maps, based on the original manuscript, were first popularized by Ortelius in 1598 and became an important part of his great historical atlas. Jansson's version is nearly identical to that of Ortelius. These decorative maps, in a sequence of four plates, each with two strip maps, depict the imperial roads and posts within the Roman Empire throughout Europe, North Africa and Asia as far as Toprobana (Sri Lanka). French text on verso. Size given is for each plate.

References: Shirley #393.

Condition: B+

Light soiling with professionally repaired centerfold separations that enter 1-2" into map image at top and bottom. There are a few additional short tears in blank margins that have been professionally repaired. Segmentum IV has a tiny amount of image in facsimile along centerfold at bottom.

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,750


Closed on 2/15/2012