Auction 96, Lot 431

"Tab. XII. Asiae, Taprobanam Repraesentans…", Ptolemy/Mercator

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1578-1730 (published)

Publication: Ptolemy's Geography

Color: Black & White

14 x 13.2 inches
35.6 x 33.5 cm

A superb impression of this Ptolemaic map of Taprobana. The map itself depicts the island with the typical misconceptions of Ptolemy with the island straddling the Equator and showing a small part of India incorrectly in the northeast corner of the map. The stipple engraved sea is filled with an oriental ship and two great sea monsters. The handsome map is further embellished with a strapwork title cartouche.


Condition: A+

Very minor damp stain in lower margin, still very fine.

Estimate: $400 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/12/2001