"Ptolemaei Cognita", Ruscelli, Girolamo
Subject: Ancient World
Period: 1574 (circa)
Color: Black & White
10.3 x 6 inches
26.2 x 15.2 cm
Ptolemaic map following the classical format. Engraved in the Italian style with a stippled sea. The Mediterranean is well depicted, but greatly exaggerated in length. In Africa, the Nile is shown originating from the Mountains of the Moon. The Indian Ocean is landlocked with a continuous coastline joining Africa to South East Asia. Toprobana, present day Sri Lanka, is a very large island in the Indian Ocean and the Indian sub-continent is completely missing, although the Ganges river is shown.
Expertly repaired centerfold including filled binding holes with a tiny bit of facsimile. A very crisp impression with a bit of excess ink from scratches on the plate.