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Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow | May 20, 2023

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Lot 143

Claudius Ptolemy - Ulm Map of the World, 1486

Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000

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Claudius Ptolemy (fl. AD 127-145), engraver Johannes Schnitzer of Armszheim, Untitled map of the world surrounded by twelve headwinds, publisher Johann Reger (fl. 1480-1499) Ulm, 1486, engraving on laid paper with hand coloring, sheet 16-3/4 x 22-3/4 in.; framed, 27-3/4 x 34 in.

Note: Based on the works of Roman astronomer, mathematician, and geographer Claudius Ptolemy, this early world map engraved by Johannes Schnitzer of Armszheim was originally published in 1482 by Leinhart Holle. The map was reissued in 1486 by Johan Reger, who took over the publishing following Holle's bankruptcy, and is distinguished from the earlier edition by the coloring of the seas, which has now faded to brown. Few examples of either edition are said to remain today, making this map an exceptional rarity.

Literature: Rodney W. Shirley, The Mapping of the World, London: Holland Press, 1983, no. 10


floated on mount with archival tape at ten points around edges (verso not examined), some later color with areas of flaking and retouch, trimmed, scattered light staining, some wear and handling grime at edges; frame with light wear

Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow