Auction 146, Lot 53

"[On 4 Sheets] Tabula Itineraria ex Illustri Peutingerorum Bibliotheca quae Augustae Vindelicorum Beneficio…", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1650 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
20.3 x 15.4 inches
51.6 x 39.1 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). Size given is for each plate.

References: Shirley #393.

Condition: B+

Nice impressions with attractive color, a few small printer's creases, and very light soiling. There are a few archival paper repairs confined to blank margins, and several professionally repaired centerfold separations on the last sheet.

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,250

Sold for: $2,750

Closed on 9/4/2013

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