Auction 97, Lot 468

"Tab. I. Africae, in qua Mauritania Tingitana et Caesariensis…", Mercator

Subject: Northwestern Africa

Period: 1695 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Tabulae Geographicae Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.2 x 12.5 inches
46.2 x 31.8 cm

Attractive Ptolemaic map of northwestern Africa in Mercator's fine engraving style. The interior includes mountain ranges, rivers and cities, as well as lions, a leopard and an elephant. The map includes the Straits of Gibraltar and is decorated with two sailing ships and a fine strapwork title cartouche including two chubby child-like creatures with wings and fishtails.


Condition: B

Old repair of short separation on bottom centerfold. Small tear at left repaired with archival tape.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $375

Closed on 12/5/2001