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PTOLEMY, C. - Tabu nova partis Aphri. (North Africa)

PTOLEMY, C. - Tabu nova partis Aphri. (North Africa)
Tabu nova partis Aphri. (North Africa) - PTOLEMY, C.
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Title : Tabu nova partis Aphri. (North Africa).
Map maker : PTOLEMY, C..
Date : Lyons, M. Servetus, 1535.
Size : 12.3 x 16.9 inches. / 31.2 x 43.0 cm.
Colouring : In attractive strong colours.

Description :Based on Waldseemuller's map. Border and ornament are by Hans Holbein and Graf.
The maps show Northern Africa as it was known to Europeans at the first part of the 16th century. There is great details across north Africa owing to an awareness of this region since earliest times. The coast has extensive placename information reflecting information derived primarily from Portuguese source material.
The interior identifies African kingdoms with the figures of seated kings on thrones. A rhinoceros and other animals are also shown along with a mythical creature. The map ends at the Equator.
The map is directly modeled after Martin Waldseemüller's modern map of northern Africa for an edition of Claudius Ptolemy's Geographia in 1513 and 1520.
It is possible that Waldseemüller prepared the maps for his edition of Ptolemy's Geographia at about the same time as he prepared his famous world map of 1507 as the basic source information on Africa is the same. Both the 1507 wall map and this map from the Geographia seem to have a common source in the Nicolo De Caveri Manuscript Planisphere of c.1504-05, or in a Cantino-Caveri type model.
Condition : In very good condition, with wide margins.


ID: 27895

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