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RUSCELLI, G. - Tabula Asiae VI. [Arabian Peninsular]

RUSCELLI, G. - Tabula Asiae VI. [Arabian Peninsular]
Tabula Asiae VI. [Arabian Peninsular] - RUSCELLI, G.
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Title : Tabula Asiae VI. [Arabian Peninsular].
Map maker : RUSCELLI, G..
Date : Venice, 1574.
Size : 7.7 x 9.4 inches. / 19.5 x 24.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :The ancient depiction of Arabia, based on Claudius Ptolemy's Geographia from the second century A.D. The region appears with many interior mountains and rivers: none of which existed. This conception of a fertile interior to the peninsula is reflected in the name Ruscelli give it, Arabia Foelix. To the south is a lake fed by three rivers, perhaps reflecting Ptolemy's knowledge of the contemporary Marib Dam. This dam, of course, no longer existed in Ruscelli's day, having been destroyed in the 2nd Century A.D.

This is the second state issued in 1574, included a sea monster in the Indian Ocean.

Girolamo Ruscelli first published the map in his "La Geographi di Claudio Tolomeo" (Venice, 1561). In 1574 a new plate was used which lasted until the final edition of 1599.

Condition : In mint condition.

ID: 39790

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