1541 Fries - Tabula Septima Asiae Complectitur Margianam...[Central Asia]

SOLD: 1541 Ptolemaic map of Central Asia

Title:

[Title on Verso] Tabula Septima Asiae Complectitur Margianam, Bactrianam, Sogdianam, Sacas, & Scythiam, Intra Imaum Montem

Map maker:

Laurent Fries, Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Geographicae…

Place and Year:

Vienne, 1541

Dimensions:

45.8 x 28.2 cm (18 x 11.1 in)

Technique:

Woodblock printing

Coloring:

Hand colored

Condition Rating:

VG+

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DETAILS

This fine woodblock map covers Central Asia east of the Caspian Sea and what is now Turkestan, the Steppes, Afghanistan and beyond. The Himalayas run across the bottom of the map in the typical rope-like formation.

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.

CONDITION NOTES

A clean and bright example on paper with a bunch of grapes watermark, one small worm hole along the centerfold, and old manuscript notations in the image.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00292

REFERENCES

Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #211-21.

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