Auction 140, Lot 919

"Die Weltkarte des Albertin de Virga",

Subject: Reference Books

Period: 1912 (dated)


Color: Black & White

13 x 18 inches
33 x 45.7 cm

This German publication features a facsimile version of the De Virga world map by Albertinus de Virga, dated circa 1415. This unusual circular map was originally drawn on parchment and centered on Central Asia, with a wind rose dividing the map into eight sections. The three continents are clearly represented and labeled Europa, Africa and Axia. In Africa, the Garden of Eden is depicted at the southernmost tip of Africa with the symbol of two concentric rings. In Asia, Chinese rivers and cities are given the names used by Marco Polo. Above the map are a zodiac calendar and two tables for calculating lunar changes and the date of Easter. Accompanying the map are 17 pages of related text and illustrations. Published by Franz Wieser. Pages are a collection of loose sheets, hardbound in red marbled boards secured with ribbon tie-downs.


Condition: A

Text and map are generally clean and bright and covers are very good.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 5/23/2012