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Auction 184, Lot 44

"Carte Universelle de Ptolomee", Bourgoin, P.

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1750 (circa)

Publication: Le Spectacle de la Nature

Color: Hand Color

7.5 x 5.5 inches
19.1 x 14 cm
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This interesting map superimposes a modern map of the eastern hemisphere over a map of the world as described by Ptolemee. The Ptolemaic world is shown with solid lines, while the modern map is drawn with fainter lines. A few of the notable differences between the ancient and modern worlds are the outline of Africa, an oversized Taprobana (Sri Lanka) in place of the East Indies, and the discovery of Australia. Published in Noel Antoine Pluche's Le Spectacle de la Nature, a book dedicated to natural history.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with minor soiling and trimmed at bottom with loss of part of the last line of text below the map.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $60

Closed on 9/15/2021