Auction 148, Lot 630

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

Subject: Persia - Iran

Period: 1525 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Geographicae…

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 12.1 inches
50.3 x 30.7 cm

Claudius Ptolemy was a mathematician, astronomer and geographer who worked in Alexandria, then a part of the Roman Empire, in the 2nd century AD. One of the most learned and influential men of his time, his theories dominated both astronomy and geography for nearly 1500 years. His writings were kept alive by Arabic scholars during the Middle Ages and reemerged in Europe during the Renaissance. The birth of printing led to wide dissemination of his great works on astronomy and geography. There were a number of editions of his Geographia beginning in 1477. These early editions contained maps based on his original writings, known as Ptolemaic maps. As geographic knowledge increased with the explorations of Columbus, Magellan, Cabot and others, maps of the New World were added, and maps of the Old World were revised. Ptolemy's Geographia continued to be revised and published by some of the most important cartographers including Martin Waldseemuller, Sebastian Munster, Giacomo Gastaldi, Jodocus Hondius, and Gerard Mercator (whose last edition was published in 1730).

This map depicts the region between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf, covering most of present-day Iran. At far left are Armenia, Mesopotamia, and Babilonia Regio (the Fertile Crescent). The map is based on the 1513 map by Waldseemuller.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #208-19.

Condition: A

A nice impression with wide, original margins and several small worm tracks along centerfold that have been professionally repaired, only one of which is in the image with minute loss of text.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 2/19/2014