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Duodecima Asie Tabula

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Duodecima Asie Tabula : Cl. Ptolemy / L. Holle

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Claudius Ptolemy's records of the Roman World are best displayed in the distinctive images produced for Leonhardt Holle's edition of "Geographia" published, in two editions in Ulm, southern Germany. As the third printed edition of this renowned and important classical cartography, the atlas was the first published outside Italy, the first in woodblock, included the first map signed by the engraver and, as found here, famed for the vibrant colour with which the maps were enhanced. The browns, blues, greens and reds used combine to create distinctive images of medieval cartography at its finest. This map shows the island of Taprobana, a name sometimes applied to Sumatra but here identifying Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. As such this is one of the most sought after, distinctive and rare maps of the island. The map itself occupies one side of the printed area which includes, at the right a table of climatic zones. Minor wear to the original centrefold but otherwise a wonderful example of the earliest period of cartographic history.
mapmakers: Cl. Ptolemy   L. Holle
place and date of publication: Ulm 1482-1486
medium and colour: woodblock, Original colour
size in mm: 300 by 400mm (11.75 by 15.75 inches).
ref: 39824

Price: £ 7200£ 4320

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