Auction 140, Lot 810

"[Title on Verso] Tabula I Aphricae", Ptolemy/Fries

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1525 (circa)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Geographicae…

Color: Black & White

17.8 x 11.3 inches
45.2 x 28.7 cm

This is a nice Ptolemaic map depicting the northern part of Africa and the southern tip of Spain. The Pillars of Hercules are depicted flanking the Strait of Gibraltar and there is interesting detail of large rivers, convoluted mountain ranges and ancient cities. The Latin text on verso includes a woodcut border and ornamentation attributed to Hans Holbein.


Condition: B

The centerfold has been reinforced to repair some minor loss. There is some mild text show-through and a few tiny stains.

Estimate: $400 - $500


Closed on 5/23/2012