Aphricae tabula secunda continet

Laurent Fries (*1485 - 1532)
Coloured woodcut map of Sardinia, Malta, North Africa. Printed in Vienne by Trechsel in 1541.

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Untitled trapezoidal Ptolemaic woodcut map of North Africa. From the 1541 Vienne (Dauphiné) edition of Ptolemy's Geographia published by Gaspar Trechsel and sold by Hughes de la Porte in Lyon. The maps are cut by Laurence Fries, first published in the 1522 Strasbourg edition. The map is a reduced version of Martin Waldseemuller's similar map of 1513 published in Strassburg. Showing Central North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia and Libya) and several Mediterranean Islands (Malta, Gozo, Sardinia, Lampedusa, Sicily).


CartographerLaurent Fries
TitleAphricae tabula secunda continet
Publisher, YearTrechsel, Vienne, 1541
Plate Size28.6 x 46.8 cm (11.3 x 18.4 inches)
ReferenceMap Forum, Issue 8


Good strong impression in beautiful original colour. Some tears in left margin, repairs on centrefold. Overall very good condition.


Laurent Fries was a French physician and mathematician born around 1485 in Mulhouse. He settled finally in Strassburg where he meat Peter Apian and the publisher Johannes Grüninger which made him interested in the Ptolemy Atlas of 1513 and 1520. Fries made new woodcut maps in reduced size. His Ptolemy Atlas was published first in 1522, reissued in 1525, 1535 and 1541. He died in 1532.

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Coloured woodcut map of Sardinia, Malta, North Africa. Printed in Vienne by Trechsel in 1541.

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