Catalog Archive
Auction 90, Lot 43

"Orbis Veteris Descriptio, seu Ptolemaei Typus",

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1713 (published)

Publication: Universi Terrarum Orbis

Color: Black & White

7 x 5.2 inches
17.8 x 13.2 cm

A Ptolemaic map engraved in the Italian style. The landlocked Indian Ocean contains a huge Toprobana (present day Sri Lanka) and a virtually nonexistent Indian subcontinent. The source of the Nile is located in a range of mountains south of the Equator. The map is on the title page of the second volume with an engraved view of a fortification on verso.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $350

Closed on 3/15/2000