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Auction 142, Lot 627

"[Lot of 2] Tabula Asiae VII [and] Tabula Asiae VIII", Ptolemy/Magini

Subject: Central Asia

Period: 1617 (circa)


Color: Black & White

6.7 x 5.2 inches
17 x 13.2 cm
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This pair of maps was engraved by Girolamo Porro for the quarto edition of Ptolemy's Geography, which was edited by the distinguished Italian geographer Giovanni Magini. Both maps have Latin text on verso.

A. Tabula Asiae VII. This map depicts the region east of the Caspian Sea including present-day Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and part of Iran. Ptolemy's "stone tower," the Turris Lapidea, is depicted at right.

B. Tabula Asiae VIII. The ancient regions of Scythia Intra Imaum, Serica, Scythia Extra Imaum, India Intra Gangem, India Extra Gangem, and Sina Regio are distinctly divided by mountain ranges. This map covers these little known parts of Central Asia and Northern India with a number of recognizable rivers and place names.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #231-23 & #231-24.

Condition: A

Faint toning with one tiny spot on VII sheet.

Estimate: $400 - $475


Closed on 11/28/2012