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MERCATOR, G. - Universalis Tabula juxta Ptolemaeum ...

MERCATOR,  G. - Universalis Tabula juxta Ptolemaeum ...
Universalis Tabula juxta Ptolemaeum ... - MERCATOR, G.
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Title : Universalis Tabula juxta Ptolemaeum ....
Map maker : MERCATOR, G..
Date : Amsterdam/Leiden, 1695.
Size : 13.8 x 18.9 inches. / 35.0 x 48.0 cm.
Colouring : Hand colouring

Description :This map is the revised second state of Mercator's 1578 Ptolemaic world map. The border has been re-engraved, and now includes a frieze of allegorical figures representing the four elements of Fire (Zeus), Air (Hera), Water (Neptune), and Earth (Gaia), rather than the strap work and wind head border of the earlier editions. This is a fine example of Mercator's double page engraved map of the World, based upon the writings of Claudius Ptolemy, from a later edition of Gerard Mercator's Tabulae geographicae CI. Ptolemaei ad mentem autoris restitutae et emendatae per G. Mercatorem.
The map includes a massive Taprobana, modern day Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.
The Indian subcontinent is severely truncated and the Indian Ocean appears to be land locked. Only the northern part of Africa is shown with the Nile originating in the twin lakes south of the Equator in the Lunae montes.
Verso blank.
Condition : Generally good condition with one crease left of center fold, top and bottom margin good size left and right margin close. Age toned.


ID: 92255

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