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Asiae VI Tab:

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Asiae VI Tab: : Cl. Ptolemy / G. Mercator

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A decorative and early map of the Arabian peninsula, derived from Ptolemy's "Geographica". Finely engraved by the "Father of modern geography", Gerhard Mercator's interpretation includes a large and elaborate cartouche, and is more accurately fitted to the source material than previous maps drawn from Ptolemy the Gulf being typically displayed as a large rectangular sea. This early printing of the plate retains the decorative elements of a sea monster and fantastic rococo cartouche details. A fine example of the combination of the work of two of the greatest names in mapmaking.
mapmakers: Cl. Ptolemy   G. Mercator  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1578-1618
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 345 by 490mm (13.5 by 19.25 inches).
ref: 38295
literature: Tibbett, Arabia In Early Maps, 40

Price: £ 2250

 
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