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Antique Print-ASIA-INDIA-ELEPHANTS-Ptolemy-Mercator-1698
1698. Engraving on hand laid paper. on paper. Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 37 x 38 cm. The image size is ca. 32.5 x 34.5 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 14.6 x 15 inch. The image size is ca. 12.8 x 13.6 inch.Antique print, titled: 'Tab. XI. Asiae, comprehendens Indiam extra Gangem. (…).' - A beautiful Ptolemaic map of Asia east of the Ganges. The map is embellished with a decorative cartouche, compass rose and several sailing ships. On land are Bactrian camels, nomads, and well-engraved elephants. From the 1698 ed. of Mercator's Ptolemy Atlas: 'Claudii Ptolemaei Tabulae Geographicae Orbis Terrarum Veteribus Cogniti.', published by Francois Halma & Willem van den Water, Utrecht & Leonard Strick, Franeker. This Atlas was first published in 1578 and re-published in 1584, 1605, 1618/1619, 1695, 1698, 1704 and 1730. For the 1798 ed. the plates were reworked wit new cartouches and a new title engraving. Of all the editions of Ptolemy the Mercator editions are considered the finest in execution. It was Mercator's intention to produce an Atlas of the classical world, not a current atlas, made as a companion to his modern atlas. State: Revised 2nd state.Artists and Engravers: Made by 'G. Mercator' after 'Ptolemy'. Gerard Mercator (Kremer) was born in Rupelmonde in Flanders and studied in Louvain. He has drawn his first map in 1537 and became a cartographer and globe maker. In 1552 he moved to Duisburg, Germany where he published his famous 18-sheet world map in 1569 with his own new projection, today called Mercator projection. Later he decided to publish a new ed … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Pictura Prints, Art & Books [Overasselt, Netherlands]
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