Early woodcut map of North Africa from M. Waldseemuller of 1513 (1520). Showing the region from Bengazi in Libya up to Egypt with the Red Sea.
This ptolemaic map comes from the first so called 'Modern Atlas' by the most famous of all early sixteenth-century cosmographers Martin Waldseemuller, since it is the first Ptolemy edition with twenty new regional maps beside the traditional twenty-seven Ptolemaic maps derived from the 1482 Ulm edition. The Atlas is titled GEOGRAPHIE OPUS NOVISSIMA TRADUCTIONE E GRECORUM ARCHETYPIS published by Johannes Schott in Strassburg 1513 and is one of the most important edition of Ptolemy Atlases. In 1520 a second edition of the atlas was printed by Schott from the same woodcut blocks. It was reissued 1522 and 1525 by Laurent Fries and Johannes Gruninger with size reduced maps.
Slightly loss of centrefold expertly repaired at 29°/46°, overall good conditions.
Martin Waldseemuller was born 1473 in Wolfenweiler close to Freiburg. He has a unique part in the history of cartography, since he is responsible for the naming of AMERICA, the new discovered continent. The most famous maps of Waldseemuller have been discovered as late as 1901 in the family castle of Prince Johannes Waldburg-Wolfegg in southern Germany. One map is the 12 sheet woodcut map from 1507 also called America's birth certificate the first known document showing the name America and reflects the discoveries of Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci. The second map is a rare sea chart from 1516 - knows as Carta Marina. He died in 1520.
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Martin Waldseemüller: Tertia Africae Tabula.
Antique woodcut map of the Red Sea, Egypt, Libya, North Africa. Printed in Strasbourg by Johannes Schott in 1513 or 1520.
Africa - Waldseemüller, Martin - Tertia Africae Tabula