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Auction 147, Lot 650

"Tab. IX. Asiae, Continens Ariam, Paropanisum, Drangianam, Arachosiam, et Gedrosiam...", Ptolemy/Mercator

Subject: Pakistan

Period: 1730 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei's Atlas Tabulae Geographicae Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

15.5 x 13.6 inches
39.4 x 34.5 cm
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This fine copper engraved map covers the region to the west of the Indus River in what is present-day Pakistan. Mercator originally published this map in his 1578 edition of Ptolemy's great Geography. Although he is most renowned today for the projection he popularized and for first using the term Atlas for a collection of maps, he devoted much of his life to his Ptolemaic maps. The maps were beautifully engraved as nearly as possible to their original form and embellished with fine cartouches. This is the third state with a re-engraved title cartouche and the addition of a grid, published by R. and J. Westenios and Guil. Smith.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #235-15; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #0929:1.3.

Condition: A

Nice impression and color on watermarked paper with a couple of tiny, insignificant spots in image and light toning along sheet edges, far from image.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 11/20/2013