Sarmatia Central Asia Caspian Alexander Columns 1599 Ruscelli Rosaccio rare mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Tabula Asiae II.
(Sarmatia - Central Asia - Caspian - Ptolemaic - Alexander the Great - Ancient Geography)
Issued Venice,  1599 by Giovanni Lorenzo D'Anania / Ruscelli & Rosaccio. Printed by heirs of Melchoir Sessa. Fourth Edition, second issue using the re-engraved 1582 plate in 1598-99. Italian text on verso.
This scarce late issue used the 1561 plate (a close examination of minute details reveals this), but the plate was not used again after this 1599 printing and this this map has no further appearances or printings.
Two large architectural columns are labeled as belonging to Alexander the Great. Other small simple structures are labeled as well.
In near VG or better condition, minor light surface age wear and toning as typical, some faint minor offsetting scarcely worthy of mention, overall the image is clean, well preserved and very attractive.
Paper and image remains clean and well preserved with a fine patina and visual appeal.
Original fold line as issued.
Sheet measures c. 13" x 9 1/4".
Engraved area measures c. 7" x 9 3/4".
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 4., p. 87.
Shirley, Maps in Atlases in British Library , T.PTOL-10f
Phillips, Atlases In the Library of Congress , 409.
Sabin, Dictionary Books Relating to America , 66507.