Auction 150, Lot 39

"Agathi-Daemonis Mechanici Alexandrini Orbis Descriptio ex Libris Geographicis Claudii Ptolemaei", Briet, Philippe

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1648 (circa)

Publication: Parallela Geographiae Veteris et Novae

Color: Hand Color

9.6 x 5.9 inches
24.4 x 15 cm

This very rare map depicts the ancient world in a conical projection, based on Ptolemy. The map is attributed to a cartographer from Alexandria named Agathodaemon, who designed a number of maps to accompany Ptolemy's Geographia, and is believed to have lived in the 5th century AD. The map was published in Briet's geographical history, containing both ancient and modern maps.

References: Pastoureau, BRIET I [15]; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.BRIE-1a.

Condition: B+

A fine impression with attractive color, minor toning along the centerfold, and several light stains at top.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $120

Closed on 9/17/2014