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Giacomo Gastaldi:  Tabula Africae IIII

Maps of West Africa

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Title: Tabula Africae IIII

Map Maker: Giacomo Gastaldi

Place / Date: Venice / 1548

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 6.5 x 5 inches

Condition: VG+

Price: $495.00

Inventory ID: 47324


Fine example of Gastaldi's map of the Northern portion of Africa, based on Ptolemy.

Shows all of the Mediterranean, Aethiopia Interior, the Red Sea, Egypt, the source of the Nile, Red Sea, Dead Sea, etc. Cephos, the dog headed man, and an elephant appear on the map.

Giacomo Gastaldi is considered as the foremost Italian cartographer of the 16th century along with Paolo Forlani.  From Piedmont, Gastaldi established his reputation in Venice and was cosmographer to the Republic of Venice. Gastaldi enjoyed a productive relationship with Giovanni Ramusio, Secretary of the Venice Senate, who used Gastaldi's maps for his Navigationi et Viaggi. This map is from Gastaldi's edition of Ptolemy, Ptolemeo. La Geografia..., begun as early as 1542 and published in Venice in 1548.  

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