Auction 147, Lot 599

"[Title on Verso] Tabula VIII Asiae", Ptolemy/Fries

Subject: Central Asia

Period: 1535 (circa)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Geographicae…

Color: Hand Color

16 x 12.1 inches
40.6 x 30.7 cm

Woodblock map illustrating the Ptolemaic concept of the central Asian steppe, ancient Schytia Extra Imaum, in a trapezoidal projection. The kingdom of Serica is shown, which is thought to represent "land where silk comes from." The map is reduced from Martin Waldseemuller's map. Title is on verso.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #209-41.

Condition: A

Old color on watermarked paper with one tiny centerfold separation, two small holes along centerfold in top and bottom blank margins not affecting map, and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $200 - $240


Closed on 11/20/2013