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Auction 179, Lot 772


"Tabula Asiae IX", Ptolemy/Magini

Subject: Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan

Period: 1598 (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 trapezoidal Ptolemaic map covers most of present-day Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the delta of the Indus River graphically depicted. Rope-like mountain ranges divide the regions, and major cities are named. It appeared in Magini's second edition of Ptolemy's work, printed in Venice by the Galignani brothers. On a sheet of Italian text measuring 8.3 x 12.1".

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #226-24.

Condition: B+

On a watermarked sheet with a hint of toning and some minor foxing along the sheet edges.

Estimate: $140 - $170


Closed on 9/16/2020