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Tabula IIII Asiae.]
Lyons: Melchor & Gaspar Trechsel, 1535. Coloured woodcut. Printed area 320 x 450mm. Split in lower centre fold with old repair, paper age-toned. A fine example of the Fries reduction of Wäldseemüller's Ptolemaic map of the Middle East, with Cyprus featuring prominently. Originally intended not for a Ptolemy edition but for a new 'Chronica mundi' being written by Wäldseemüller, his death c.1520 caused the project to be shelved, so the woodcuts were used to publish a smaller sized and so cheaper edition of the 'Geography'. On verso is a Latin text with other woodcuts including decorative columns. LAOR: 610; ZACHARAKIS: 1829.
Bookseller: Altea Antique Maps [London, United Kingdom]
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