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1513. Tabula Secunda Africae [with Malta, Sicily & Sardinia]

  • Tabula Secunda Africae [with Malta, Sicily & Sardinia]

Tabula Secunda Africae [with Malta, Sicily & Sardinia] information:

Year of creation: 
Resolution size (pixels): 
 14204x10030 px
Disk Size: 
 36.9726MiB
Number of pages: 
 1
Place: 
 Strasbourg

Print information. Print size (Width x height in inches):
Printing at 72 dpi 
  197.28 х 139.31
Printing at 150 dpi 
 94.69 х 66.87
Printing at 300 dpi 
 47.35 х 33.43

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Tabula Secunda Africae [with Malta, Sicily & Sardinia]

Waldsemuller's 1513 Ptolemaic Map of Northern Africa, Sicily and Sardinia

antique map by Martin Waldseemuller, showing the ancient, Ptolemaic image of part of the Coast of North Africa and contiguous islands of Malta, Sicily and Sardinia.

This map was published in Strasbourg in 1513. The map extends from Numidia Nova (Algeria) to Syrtis Magna (Western Libya).

1513 Strasbourg edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia

This map appeared in Waldseemüller’s 1513 edition of Ptolemy’s influential Geographia, printed by Waldsemüller’s friend and collaborator Johann Schott. It is likely that Waldseemüller, along with the scholar Matthias Ringmann, started working on the project as early as 1505, but the death of their patron, René II, in 1508 resulted in the closure of their press at St. Dié. Additionally, Ringmann died in 1511. Schott and Waldseemüller finally finished the project in 1513, publishing it with Schott in Strasbourg.

The 1513 edition marked an important shift in the history of cartography because it was the first printing of Ptolemy to incorporate tabulae novellae, or modern maps, in addition to the ancient, Ptolemaic version of geography. The 27 original Ptolemaic maps were accompanied by 20 modern maps, of which this is one. All of its maps were printed from beautifully carved woodblocks made of pear wood. This edition of the Geographia was also the first to be organized so as to separate the ancient from the modern maps, to show how knowledge had changed since Ptolemy’s time fourteen centuries earlier.

This map shows a region important to European commerce at a time when Europeans were beginning to know more about the region. It is a mixture of ancient and modern scholarship and was part of the hugely influential 1513 Strasbourg edition of Ptolemy. Waldsemuller was one of the most important cartographers of the fifteenth century and this map is a vital addition to any collector of Africa, Ptolemy, or Waldseemüller.

Norwich, Africa #286.

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Item information:

Year of creation:
Size:
14204x10030 px
Disk:
36.9726MiB
Number of pages:
1
Place:
Strasbourg
Author:
Martin Waldseemüller.
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