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Universalis Tabula Juxta Ptolemeum

Universalis Tabula Juxta Ptolemeum : Cl.Ptolemy / G.Mercator

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Mercator's magnificent map of the Ptolemaic world was engraved on to copperplate by Mercator himself. It was first published in 1578 in his Ptolemaic atlas "Tabular Geographicae Cl. Ptolemaei Ad Mentem Autoris Restitutae Et Emendatae Per Gerardum Mercatorem ..." with subsequent editions in 1584 in Cologne and in 1605 in Franfurt and Amsterdam, and then in 1618-1619 in Leiden and Amsterdam. The plate was then changed for further editions into the eighteenth century with allegorical figures replacing the decorative windhead border of this example. With Latin text to the verso, this example of the map is not a 1578 first edition (which had a blank verso) but is a good, strong impression suggesting an early date of publication. The Ptolemaic world encompassed Europe, northernAfrica and much of Asia (including a proportionally small India and large Taprobana), all carefully depicted here. The source of the Nile is shown as two great lakes, and countries, obviously, show their Ptolemaic form - thus the British Isles has an elongated south-western and north-eastern tip. Trimmed close, protective margins added to all sides.
region: World Maps
mapmakers: Cl.Ptolemy   G.Mercator  
place and date of publication: Cologne? 1578-1584
medium and colour: copperplate, uncoloured
size in mm: 340 x 475
ref: 34959
literature: Shirley, Mapping Of The World, 139.

Price: £ 5000

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