Lot 608: Ptolemy/Mercator map of Arabia c.1605

PBA Galleries

PBA Galleries

2016-01-13 11:47:52

Lot 608: Author: Ptolemy, Claudius/Gerard Mercator; Title: Asiae VI Tab: N/A; Place Published: Amsterdam; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1578-[c.1605]; Description: Copper-engraved map. 33.5x47.5 cm (13 ¼x18¾").Uncommon map of the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, and surrounding coasts. The map was published in Mercator's definitive edition of Ptolemy's geography, which first appeared in 1578. It is more finely engraved and more accurately fitted to the tables than any of the maps of the previous Ptolemy editions. Mercator's edition of Ptolemy was based on the best available sources, with its maps re-edited and redrawn to conform to Ptolemy's original parameters. Provenance: P.J. Radford, 1972. Condition: A touch of wear along centerfold, very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $600-900
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