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[A rare and important 15th century map of Arabia]

image of Sexta Asie Tabula. show larger image


PTOLEMY, Claudius.
Sexta Asie Tabula. Ulm, Johan Reger, 1482-86. Woodcut, original colour with minor retouching. 300 x 565mm. Some restoration mainly to bottom margin.
The Arabian peninsula from an incunabula edition of Ptolemy's Geographia , within a trapezoid border with metal type for the lettering. The title is on the verso with a Latin-text description, with a coloured capital. The map was originally published by Lienhart Holle in an edition of Ptolemy’s 'Geography' with revisions by the cartographer Nicolaus Germanus Donis. This was the first European atlas published outside Italy and the first to be illustrated with woodcut maps. Soon afterwards Holle went bankrupt, probably because of the cost of producing the atlas, and Reger acquired the rights to the 'Geography', reissuing the second and last edition of this version in 1486. See TIBBETTS: 8.
[Ref: 14514]    £50,000.00 ($66,000 • €56,000 rates)

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