Auction 98, Lot 399

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

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1584 (circa)

Publication: Ptolemy's Geographia

Color: Hand Color

Size:
18 x 12.5 inches
45.7 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.

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Condition: B

Lightly toned with some soil along centerfold and small tears at edge of margins.

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $150

Closed on 3/6/2002

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