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Auction 188, Lot 525

"Europae Tabula V", Ptolemy/Ruscelli

Subject: Southern Europe

Period: 1561 (circa)

Publication: La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino…

Color: Hand Color

10 x 6.9 inches
25.4 x 17.5 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 is based on Gastaldi and shows Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and the Adriatic coast of the Balkans. The Danube River features prominently. The map shows the ancient political divisions with a stippled engraved sea. Italian text on verso.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #216-13.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with faint toning along the centerfold, errant spots of colorist's ink in the lower right corner, and a pair of small wormholes in the top blank margin.

Estimate: $180 - $210

Sold for: $275

Closed on 6/22/2022