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Untitled [Map Of The Ptolemaic World]

Untitled [Map Of The Ptolemaic World] : H.Schedel

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A famous world map from Heinrich Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle printed from a strongly cut woodblock and showing a typical Ptolemaic trapezoidal projection of the world as known in Roman times - mainland Europe is shown with the Mediterranean countries, northern Africa, the Middle East and southern Asia. The Indian Ocean, typically for the period, is shown landlocked with the east African coast extending along the lower border of the map to link with south-eastern Asia. The map's design is instantly recognisable on account of the figures of Noah's sons, Shem, Ham and Japhet, shown round the map and also for the column illustrating extraordinary people from far-flung parts of the world. Published in the same year that Columbus' discoveries in the New World first received publication in Europe, the map is regarded as the last great pre-Columbian concept of the earth. As such, and appearing in one of the most important incunable publications, this is a fascinating and visually dramatic image of the Renaissance. Inevitable restoration to centrefold, but a very attractive example. Latin text edition.
region: World Maps
mapmaker: H.Schedel
place and date of publication: Nuremberg 1493
medium and colour: woodblock, Uncoloured
size in mm: 360 x 510
ref: 34958
literature: Shirley, Mapping Of The World, 19.

Price: £ 14000

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