1541 Fries - Tabula Septima Asiae Complectitur Margianam...[Central Asia]
1541 Ptolemaic map of Central Asia
[Title on Verso] Tabula Septima Asiae Complectitur Margianam, Bactrianam, Sogdianam, Sacas, & Scythiam, Intra Imaum Montem
Laurent Fries, Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Geographicae…
45.8 x 28.2 cm (18 x 11.1 in)
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.
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.
Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #211-21.
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