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Title: Prima Asiae Tabula
Published in the second edition of Angelus & Caldarini's version of Ptolemy, first published 1478. This was the second version of Ptolemy's 'Cosmographia' to have printed maps; however the first version, published in Bologna in 1477, only showed Turkey on maps of other areas. Based on the work of Claudius Ptolemy of Alexandria, circa AD 160, it shows Turkey with classical details, within a trapesoid frame with the title just outside the top border. The map is indistinguishable from the first edition. An unusual feature of the series is the lettering, which is not engraved with a burin but stamped onto the plate.     (id:87733)
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Claudius Ptolemy

Turkey
1478-90/15.0" x 21.7"  (38.0 x 55.0 cm)
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Two sheets conjoined total, coloured, 380 x 550mm. Trimmed to printed border on left, as issued. Some old ink mss. on map area.




NORDENSKIÖLD COLLECTION: 197; SHIRLEY: World 4. "Many consider the Rome plates to be the finest Ptolemaic plates produced until Gerard Mercator engraved his classical world atlas of 1578".
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