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untitled - Ptolemaic World map

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untitled - Ptolemaic World map : H. Schedel / J. Schonsperger

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An attractive and scarce miniature Ptolemaic world map. This boldly engraved woodblock appeared in the reduced size version of Schedel’s renowned “Liber Chronicarum ...” originally published in 1493. This map excludes the decorative column of bizarre figures of the original but copies the geographic detail, with a land-locked Indian Ocean and has the figures of Noah’s sons, Ham, Shem and Japhet in three corners. Set atop a page of text (with a few contemporary manuscript additions) this is a charming very early world map - appreciably more rare than its folio-size predecessor.
region: World Maps
mapmakers: H. Schedel J. Schonsperger
place and date of publication: Augsburg 1496
medium and colour: Woodblock, Uncoloured
size in mm: 100 by 150mm (4 by 6 inches).
ref: 42787
literature: R.W.Shirley Mapping Of The World 20

Price: £ 2850

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