Tabula Asiae I (Turkey)
Fantastic mid-16th century Ptolemaic map of Turkey.
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This wonderful map of Asia Minor is based on the work of classical geographer Claudius Ptolemy, and his landmark cartographic treatise, Geographia. The map includes parts of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, with the islands of Cyprus, Crete, Rhodes, and more. Up through the Dardanelles and the Sea of Marmara, we come to the Bosphorus and a representation of Constantinople spanning the divide between Europe and Asia.
Much of the Black Sea is depicted, within which are two boxes of Latin texts with classical place names. Crossing the Anatolian interior are stylized mountain ranges and river systems, including Cappadocia. The first section of the Euphrates River, which originates in the Armenian Highlands of eastern Turkey and then snakes down through Syria, is shown.
As expected, there is also excellent detail along the coast, with many important maritime ports.
Woodblock map with letterpress on verso. Paper with usual age-toning. Very good throughout.