World Atlas C Ptolomy-Gerard Mercator 1584

The atlas of maps by Claudius Ptolomy AD100-170 is based on his scientific treatise Geographia. This was developed by Ptolomy around AD150. The text was lost and was rediscovered around 1300. Printed maps based on the Geographia treatise began to be produced In the 15th century, with the earliest edition being produced in 1477. Through the 16th and 17th centuries a number of foremost mapmakers eg Bertius and Mercator produced their own atlases of Ptolomy’s treatise. Maps were both in colour and mono, the coloured maps being most attractive.

This is a version of the Ptolomy World Maps produced by  Gerard Mercator 1512-1594. They were significantly different than the suite of maps of 1477 being in a normal cartographic format. They are in colour and quite attractive.

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