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Auction 150, Lot 653

"[Title on Verso] Tabula IX Asiae", Waldseemuller/Fries

Subject: Afghanistan & Pakistan

Period: 1525 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Alexadrini Geographicae…

Color: Hand Color

16.3 x 12.1 inches
41.4 x 30.7 cm
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This rare Ptolemaic map covers the region of present-day Pakistan and part of Afghanistan. Convoluted mountain ranges and river systems dominate the trapezoidal map. The map is enhanced with a small illustration of a king. The title appears on verso along with Latin text and woodblock illustrations. Laurent Fries produced the woodblocks for this edition of Ptolemy's Geography in a reduced version of the Waldseemuller maps from the 1513 edition.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #208-23.

Condition: A

A fine impression on watermarked paper with a hint of toning along centerfold and a few small worm holes in top and bottom blank margins.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/17/2014