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Auction 174, Lot 680


"Tabula Asiae II", Ptolemy/Magini

Subject: Caucasus, Russia & Ukraine

Period: 1621 (published)

Publication: Geografia cioe Descrittione Universale della Terra

Color: Black & White

6.8 x 4.9 inches
17.3 x 12.4 cm
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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, presented on a trapezoidal projection, presents a slice of the ancient world known as Sarmatia. It focuses on the Caucasus region from the modern-day Crimea and Sea of Azov to the mouth of the Volga River and the Caspian Sea. On sheet (8.1 x 11.4") with Italian text below and on verso.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #233-18.

Condition: B+

A bright sheet with a few spots of foxing.

Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $65

Closed on 9/11/2019