1541 Fries - Tabula Prima Aphricae Continent Mauritania Tingitanam, & Mauritaniam Caesariensem [Morocco]
1541 Fries woodcut northwest Africa with old manuscript notations
[Title on Verso] Tabula Prima Aphricae Continent Mauritania Tingitanam, & Mauritaniam Caesariensem
Laurent Fries, Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Geographicae…
45.8 x 28 cm (18 x 11 in)
This fine Ptolemaic map is from the wood blocks of Laurent Fries, the famous physician, astrologer and geographer. The map covers northwestern Africa showing the regions that would become Morocco and Algeria and including the Strait of Gibraltar, here called Fretum Herculen. The topography is dominated by large rivers, convoluted mountain ranges and the locations of ancient cities are noted.
Title is from the verso, which contains Latin text.
This edition was printed by Gaspar Treschel and edited by Michael Villanovus (known as Servetus). Servetus was charged with heresy by John Calvin in 1553, in part due to the text in this atlas. The courts found him guilty and sentenced him to burning at the stake, atop a pyre of his own books, including this atlas.
A clean and bright example on paper with a bunch of grapes watermark and a professionally repaired centerfold separation in top blank margin. There are minor contemporary manuscript notations in the image.
Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #211-11.