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Auction 98, Lot 366

"Tabula III Asiae", Ptolemy/Fries

Subject: Caucasus

Period: 1535 (published)

Publication: Geographia

Color: Hand Color

16.5 x 11.8 inches
41.9 x 30 cm
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Fine Ptolemaic map of the region between the Black and Caspian Seas with Armenia, Choli, Iberia and Albania. The woodcut map from the blocks of Laurent Fries is based on the work of Waldseemuller. This edition was edited by Michael Servetus, the martyr executed by the Calvins in 1553 for heresy. The Latin text on verso includes a border and ornamentation attributed to Hans Holbein. Geographically the map is classic Ptolemy, trapezoid in outline with convoluted mountain ranges.


Condition: A

Strong original color, with some minor rubbing, especially along the centerfold.

Estimate: $500 - $550

Sold for: $375

Closed on 3/6/2002