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Mapmaker: Berlinghieri (Ptolemy)

Title: Tabula Secunda De Asla (Western Russia).

Date: 1482 Size: 37x41cm. Price: sold

Condition: Fine. (The central vertical part of the map was not printed to allow for binding it into an atlas. Later, maps were mounted on strips of paper called guards, which were inserted into the binding). Lower left: Bosphorous and triangular Sea of Azov. Lower right:: northern tip of the Caspian sea and the Volga river. This map is from Berlinghieri's Ptolemy atlas, which was produced in Florence, Italy. It is the first 'available' printed map of Western Russia.

Ref 1.Leo Bagrow: 'A History of the Cartography of Russia' 1975, Volume 1, page 42.

Ref.2. Sean Roberts: Berlinghieri's Geographia revisited 2011. Roberts states that 'Berlinghieri's maps were not reprinted. The first issues were printed on 'sturdier' paper. Other copies were printed on thinner paper, which were published at a later date.' The copy offered here is one of the first issues. It lacks the heavy over-inking, which was necessary to improve the impressions on the thinner paper as the copper plates became more worn.


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