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PTOLEMY, C. / WALDSEEMÜLLER, M. - Tabula Moderna Prime partis aphricae.
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Tabula Moderna Prime partis aphricae. - PTOLEMY, C. / WALDSEEMÜLLER, M.
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Title : Tabula Moderna Prime partis aphricae..
Map maker : PTOLEMY, C. / WALDSEEMÜLLER, M..
Date : Strassburg, 1513.
Size : 16.3 x 22.6 inches. / 41.5 x 57.3 cm.
Colouring : Coloured.
Description :This maps belongs to the famous 1513, Martin Waldseemüller's, edition of Ptolemy's Geography, which is often considered to be the first modern printed atlas.
It is very important because it is the first printed modern map of North and West Africa, extending to the Bight of Benin, which represents the first non-European shores and hinterland to be encountered by the Portuguese and Spanish in their voyages to the south Atlantic.
There is a large amount of detail in the coastal regions, and also in the North African hinterland, however, the information referring to the interior is sparse, reflecting the fact that, at that time Waldseemüller, used sailor's accounts, in particular those of the Portuguese, and were the (almost) exclusive source of geographical information.
A fundamental landmark map.
Tooley, MCS 29,W1: Norwich, Africa, 286.
Condition : Paper very slightly age-toned. A small tear repaired. Margins cut close on the bottom left part.
Somewhat abundant colouring, otherwise in good condition.
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