Auction 162, Lot 643

"Tabula Asiae V", Ptolemy/Ruscelli

Subject: Persia - Iran

Period: 1561 (circa)

Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino...

Color: Black & White

9.8 x 7.1 inches
24.9 x 18 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).

Ptolemaic map of the region between the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea showing Babylon and Mesopotamia as well as other ancient empires. Important sites described by Strabo are noted including Arae Herculis, Arae Sabae, Zagri Portae, and Portae Caspie. Italian text on verso, published in 1561 or 1564.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #216-47.

Condition: A

A nice impression on watermarked paper with minor toning along the centerfold. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $120 - $150


Closed on 4/26/2017