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Title: Tab. I. Asiae, in qua Galatia, Cappadocia, Pontus, Bithynia, Asia Minor, Pamphylia, Lycia, ac Cilicia
A fine Ptolemaic map of Turkey and Cyprus showing its ancient political divisions. Mercator originally published this map in his 1578 edition of Ptolemy's great Geography. Although he is most renowned today for the projection he popularized and for first using the term Atlas for a collection of maps, he devoted much of his life to his Ptolemaic maps. The maps were beautifully engraved as nearly as possible to their original form and embellished with fine cartouches. This map includes two fierce sea monsters in the Mediterranean Sea.     (id:94403/131-746)
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Turkey
1730/13.2" x 17.9"  (33.6 x 45.5 cm)
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(B) There are several light ink notations throughout the map that have been lighten, but are still visible.


Claudii Ptolemaei's Atlas Tabulae geographicae Orbis Terrarum
Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) #235-7.
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Old World Auctions
Auction No. 131 - Antique Maps, Charts, Atlases & Globes
746

02/2010


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