Ruscelli, Girolamo

1598

Scarce Ptolemaic map of Greece

Tabula Europae

DESCRIPTION: 

Colorful engraved antique map of Greece on a trapezoidal projection published in 1598, based on the work of Claudius Ptolemy. Coverage includes mainland Greece, the Peloponnese Peninsula, Crete, Cyclades Archipelago, the Sporades and Ionian Islands, and the Gulf of Corinth.

This scarce map is from the sixth edition of Girolamo Ruscelli's translation of Claudio Ptolemy's Geografia with 27 Ptolemaic maps and 42 other maps based on modern sources. Ptolemy (ca. 100 AD - 170 AD) was a Greco-Egyptian cartographer who lived in Alexandria, Egypt. Ptolemy's Geografia was a a compilation of geographical coordinates of the world's locations and geographic features known to the Roman Empire in the second century AD.

Girolamo Ruscelli (1504 - 1566) was an Italian cartographer and writer who, under the pseudonym Alexius Pedemontanus, published the popular book "The Secrets of Alexis of Piedmont". That book was an early contribution to the scientific revolution that arose during the Rennaisance.

CREATOR: 

Ruscelli, Girolamo

PUBLICATION DATE: 

1598

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: 

Greece

BODY OF WATER: 

Aegean Sea

CONDITION: 

Good.  Solid on strong paper. Slight age-toning.

COLORING: 

Hand color.

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 

9 " x 7 "

PRICE: 

$255

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