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This is a very nice early Ptolemaic woodblock map of the Arabian Peninsula, here called Arabia Felix. The map is presented on a trapezoidal projection with parallels and meridians (forerunners of lines of longitude and latitude) enumerated in the borders. It It shows the Arabian Peninsula wider in the southeast and shows a somewhat distorted shape for the Arabian Gulf.  Details include topography, the major towns while the rivers and many islands are imaginary.  The title is on verso and not on map side.  Latin text on verso.

1541 Fries Map of Arabian Peninsula

SKU: 2661b
  • Title

    Tabula Sexta Asiae

  • Map Maker Specifics

    L Fries, 1541, Wien

  • Size

    10.9 X 17.8 in. plus margins

  • Condition

    Very good.  Nice strike on laid paper.  Wide margins.  Slight soil spot. Small marginal split in issued fold and two small marginal voids.  Uncolored

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