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Universalis Tabula Iuxta Ptolemaeum

Universalis Tabula Iuxta Ptolemaeum : Cl. Ptolemy / G. Mercator

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Gerard Mercator's magnificent map of the Ptolemaic world was engraved on to copperplate by Mercator himself. First published in 1578 in his first atlas production "Tabula Geographicae Cl. Ptolemaei Ad Mentem Autoris Restitutae Et Emendatae Per Gerardum Mercatorem ..." Mercator's presentation of the Ptolemaic series of classical world maps is, arguably, the finest of the many versions of "Geographia ..." with subsequent editions of 1584 in Cologne, 1605 in Frankfurt and Amsterdam, and in 1618-1619 in Leiden and Amsterdam. The plate was then changed for further editions into the eighteenth century with roughly engraved allegorical figures replacing the decorative and elegantly designed strapwork and windhead border of this example. The Ptolemaic world encompassed Europe, northern Africa 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 elongated south-western and north-eastern extremities. A good dark printing of this fine engraving in which Gerard Mercator displayed both his skill as a mapmaker and engraver and defined his classical starting point for a study of geography.
region: World Maps
mapmakers: Cl. Ptolemy   G. Mercator  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1578-1618
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 350 by 490mm (13¾ by 19¼ inches).
ref: 37600
literature: Shirley, The Mapping Of The World, map 139.

Price: £ 4500

 
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