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    [Greece]. Gerard Mercator. Eur. X Tab. [Europae Tabula X. Continens Macedoniam, Epirum, Achaiam cum Euboea insula, Peloponnesum & Cretam insulam. Cologne: 1578]. Mercator's Ptolemaic Map of Greece. A beautifully engraved map from the 1578 first Mercator edition of Ptolemy's Tabulae Geographicae. Plate size: 13.75 x 18 inches; 349 x 458 mm. Sheet size: 16 x 21 inches; 406 x 534 mm. Text in Latin on verso. Slightly browned; centerfold repaired on verso, the repair visible on recto; map a little wavy, mainly near fold; pencil mark in right margin. Matted (matte size: 20.5 x 24.25 inches; 520 x 616 mm.). An excellent example.

    Mercator's edition of Ptolemy became the standard text. It was based on the best available sources, and all of its maps were re-edited and redrawn to conform to Ptolemy's original design. As Shirley noted, "Mercator's plates in his Geographia represent some of his best work and such was their excellence that seven further editions were printed from them."


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    September, 2019
    5th Thursday
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