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Tabula Prima Africae

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Tabula Prima Africae : C. Ptolemy / M. Waldseemuller

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A strong impression of this fascinating presentation of the ancient cartographic depiction of northwest Africa from Morocco and the Atlas Mountains to the Mediterranean coast as far east as Algeria. Also included are the Balearic Islands. The Pillars of Hercules are shown at the Straits of Gibraltar and mountains and rivers displayed in vivid relief. Claudius Ptolemy's tabulations compiled in first century Alexandria provided the basis for the earliest cartographic representations of the known world. This was the most westerly coverage of northern Africa with two other maps extending eastwards to Egypt. From the first printed edition of Ptolemaic maps in 1477, numerous editions appeared over the following one hundred years although, by around 1520, when Martin Waldseemuller's 'Geographia' incorporated modern maps to complement those of the ancients. This is a good example of Waldseemuller's map with just minor restoration to centrefold weakness.
mapmakers: C. Ptolemy   M. Waldseemuller
place and date of publication: Strassburg 1513 - 1520
medium and colour: woodblock, uncoloured
size in mm: 345 by 540mm (13.5 by 21.25 inches).
ref: 44203

Price: £ 680

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