Auction 159, Lot 521

"[Title on Verso] Europae Tabula nona Continet Iaziges Metanastas...", Ptolemy/Fries

Subject: Balkans

Period: 1541 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Geographicae…

Color: Hand Color

19.7 x 11.8 inches
50 x 30 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 Ptolemaic map covers the Balkans from the Adriatic to the Black Sea. The map is filled with ancient place names and exaggerated mountain ranges. This edition was printed by Melchior and Gaspar Trechsel, and edited by Michael Servetus. Latin text on verso.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #211-9.

Condition: A

A clean and bright example on paper with a bunch of grapes watermark. There are some old manuscript notations in the map, several printer's creases adjacent to the centerfold, and professional repairs to separations along the centerfold.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/14/2016