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The first printed map of Turkey

PTOLEMY, Claudius.

Prima Asiae Tabula.
Rome, c.1478. Old, possibly contemporary colour. Two sheets conjoined as usual, total 380 x 550mm.

Trimmed into printed border on left, as issued. Some old ink mss. on map area.

An important map, published in an edition of Angelus & Caldarini's version of Ptolemy's Cosmography, the second to have printed maps. However the first version, published in Bologna in 1477, only showed Turkey on maps of other areas.
Based on the work of Claudius Ptolemy of Alexandria, circa AD 160, it shows Turkey with classical details, within a trapezoid frame with the title just outside the top border. An unusual feature of the series is the lettering, which is not engraved with a burin but stamped onto the plate, giving greater uniformity to the lettering than engravers could achieve.
As the map was unaltered throughout the four editions (Arnold Buckinck in 1478, Petrus de Turre in 1490 and Bernardinus Venetus de Vitalibus in 1507 & 1508), dating of individual maps is problematic: only examination of the watermarks has proved useful. However this example has no watermark.

R.H.J. PEERLINGS et al: 'The Watermarks in the Rome Editions of Ptolemy’s Cosmography and More'. SHIRLEY: World 4. 'Many consider the Rome plates to be the finest Ptolemaic plates produced until Gerard Mercator engraved his classical world atlas of 1578'.
Stock ID : 15721

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Stock Id :15721

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The first printed map of Turkey

PTOLEMY, Claudius.

Prima Asiae Tabula.
Rome, c.1478. Old, possibly contemporary colour. Two sheets conjoined as usual, total 380 x 550mm.

Trimmed into printed border on left, as issued. Some old ink mss. on map area.

An important map, published in an edition of Angelus & Caldarini's version of Ptolemy's Cosmography, the second to have printed maps. However the first version, published in Bologna in 1477, only showed Turkey on maps of other areas.
Based on the work of Claudius Ptolemy of Alexandria, circa AD 160, it shows Turkey with classical details, within a trapezoid frame with the title just outside the top border. An unusual feature of the series is the lettering, which is not engraved with a burin but stamped onto the plate, giving greater uniformity to the lettering than engravers could achieve.
As the map was unaltered throughout the four editions (Arnold Buckinck in 1478, Petrus de Turre in 1490 and Bernardinus Venetus de Vitalibus in 1507 & 1508), dating of individual maps is problematic: only examination of the watermarks has proved useful. However this example has no watermark.

R.H.J. PEERLINGS et al: 'The Watermarks in the Rome Editions of Ptolemy’s Cosmography and More'. SHIRLEY: World 4. 'Many consider the Rome plates to be the finest Ptolemaic plates produced until Gerard Mercator engraved his classical world atlas of 1578'.
Stock ID : 15721

£7,500

£7,500

Return To Listing