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Stock# 47818

The first map of the Arabian Peninsula printed in 2 colors.

Fine wide-margined example of Sylvanus' map of the Cyprus, the Arabian Peninsula, one of the earliest obtainable maps of the region and the first printed in two colors and the earliest map of Arabia printed in Venice.

The map appeared in Sylvanus' Claudii Ptholemaei Alexandrini liber Geographicae . . ., published in Venice in 1511. The Sylvanus edition of Ptolemy is one of the earliest to include maps with modern geographical updates.

The map has two unusual features. First, having the names printed in red, it is one of the first examples of two-color printing, achieved by printing the sheet twice. Second, it is a hybrid, essentially Ptolemaic, yet updated by Sylvanus with modern details. It is also what Shirley calls "an isolated example of Venetian cartographic enterprise", forty years before Gastaldi's version of Ptolemy.

Condition Description
Two sheets joined, as issued.
Al- Quasimi "The Gulf in Historic Maps" pg.10; Tibbets, Arabia in Early Maps, 11