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Auction 142, Lot 3

"Theatri Geographiae Veteris Tomus Prior in quo Cl. Ptol. Alexandrini Geographiae Libri VIII...", Bertius, Petrus

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1618 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 13 inches
21.6 x 33 cm
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This lovely title page to Bertius' edition of Ptolemy's Geographia was copied from Mercator's edition from 1578. The two great Greek geographers stand beneath a classic portico: Claudius Ptolemy, holding an armillary sphere and a pair of dividers; and Marinus, holding a rolled-up map. In the foreground is a globe depicting the ancient world. Above the arch sits a celestial globe flanked by small spheres and urns. Bertius' edition of Theatri Geographiae Veteris was printed in Leyden by Isaac Elzevir and published in Amsterdam by Jodocus Hondius.

References: cf Shirley (TP) #14; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #232.

Condition: A

There are faint damp stains in top blank margin, not affecting image.

Estimate: $220 - $250

Sold for: $160

Closed on 11/28/2012