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Antique map of the World by Mercator after Ptolemy

Antique map of the World by Mercator after Ptolemy
Cartographer

Mercator after Ptolemy

Title

Universalis Tabula Iuxta Ptolemaeum

Published

Duisburg, 1578

Size

cms

Technique

Copper engraving

Stock number

18820

Condition

excellent

Price

$ 2900

Description

Gerard Mercator's version of Ptolemy's map of the world.

Claudius Ptolemy was librarian of the famous library of Alexandria and he had developed these maps for his "Geographia" around 150 AD and they reflect the best Roman geographical knowledge.

The work was rediscovered in the 15th century and the maps were reissued in the sixteenth and 17th century. The versions by the great cartographer Gerard Mercator are generally considered the most decorative and most skillful rendering of Ptolemy maps.