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MERCATOR, G. - Asiae Tab.VI.

MERCATOR, G. - Asiae Tab.VI.
Asiae Tab.VI. - MERCATOR, G.
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Title : Asiae Tab.VI..
Map maker : MERCATOR, G..
Date : 1578.
Size : 13.4 x 18.5 inches. / 34.0 x 47.0 cm.
Colouring : Coloured.

Description :Finely engraved, this classical map of the Arabia peninsula after Ptolemy from the renowned Gerhard Mercator.
The map shows the Gulf of Persia in an almost rectangular form, a distinctive feature of Ptolemy’s geography, and has present-day Saudi defined in its three traditional sub-divisions "Arabia Foelix", occupying the greater part, "... Deserte" and "... Petrea" in the north.

This map from Ptolemy’s Geographia was published in 1578 and reprinted on many occasions between 1584 and 1704. It is much more finely engraved than maps in previous Ptolemy editions. The map mentions several places in present-day Qatar (Abucei, Leaniti, Themi, Asateni, and Aegei). Names added to this edition of the map include Mesmites Sinus, Idicar, and a second Idicar, located in present-day Kuwait. This name is similar to the island of “Ichara” found near Magorum Sinus. Contemporary research has confirmed that Kharj is the island known to the ancients as “Icara.” One of the major peninsulas shown on the map is named “Chersonesi Extrema,” near Catara. Modern scholarship has identified Chersonesos as Ra's Rakan in present-day Qatar. Ichtyophagorium Sinus is the gulf inhabited by the people identified in ancient histories as the “Fish Eaters.” Claudius Ptolemaeus, known in English as Ptolemy, was an ancient mathematician, astronomer, geographer, and astrologer who was born sometime after 83 A.D., most likely in a town in the Thebaid called Ptolemais Hermiou in Roman Egypt. He lived in Egypt and died in Alexandria around the year 168.

Condition : In fine condition with a couple of small repairs to the large margins, and the centerfold reinforced at the verso. Minor creases.

ID: 92887

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