Auction 169, Lot 2

"Theatri Geographiae Veteris Tomus Prior in quo Cl. Ptol. Alexandrini Geographie Libri VIII", Hondius/Bertius

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1618 (published)


Color: Black & White

8.2 x 12.8 inches
20.8 x 32.5 cm

This lovely title page to Bertius' edition of Ptolemy's Geographia was copied from Mercator's edition from 1578. The two great Greek geographers stand beneath a classic portico: Claudius Ptolemy, holding an armillary sphere and a pair of dividers; and Marinus, holding a rolled-up map. In the foreground is a globe depicting the ancient world. Above the arch sits a celestial globe flanked by small spheres and urns. Bertius' edition of Theatri Geographiae Veteris was printed in Leyden by Isaac Elzevir and published in Amsterdam by Jodocus Hondius.

References: cf. Shirley (TP) #14; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #232.

Condition: B+

Light toning and soiling with some small chips, tears and worm tracks confined to the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $180 - $210

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/12/2018