15 PTOLEMY/ SWEYNHEYM, C. Prima Asiae Tabula Rome, 1478 or 1490


Description: PTOLEMY, C. / SWEYNHEYM, C.
Title: Prima Asiae Tabula.
Published in: Rome, 1478 or 1490

Size: 14.6 x 21.1 inches.
37.0 x 53.5 cm.

Condition: Paper very slightly age toned but in general in very good condition. Printed on two joined sheets. With a repair net to center fold, hardly notable. No water mark.
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Copperplate printed map of Turkey and including Cyprus from the "Atlas In Hoc Operae Haec Continetur…" printed by Bernardinus Venetus de Vitalibus. The map shows Anatolian peninsula, the Aegean islands and Cyprus which looks quite out of shape.
Includes excellent detail, based upon Ptolemy, including the marginal notes.

According to Skelton "The superiority of the Rome edition was in all respects: fidelity to Ptolemy’s text and quality of both engraving and printing. “The cleanness and precision with which geographical details are drawn; the skill with which the elements of the maps are arranged according to their significance, the sensitive use of the burin in working the plates—these qualities, in strong contrast to the careless design and crude cutting of the Bologna maps, seem to point to the hand of an experienced master,…". ¤
  • Number: 1012614
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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