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The Tabula Peutingeriana

2 3/4" x 2" x 1/2"
The map: 2 1/2" x 1 7/8", the booklet: 2 5/8" x 2 1/4"
Limited to an edition of 20
The Emperor Augustus used Rome's magnificent system of roads to tie the empire together with a mail and courier communication system called the cursus publicus. The last surviving map of this system was discovered in 1265 in Germany by a monk named Colmar, who made a copy of it. The original was then lost, but the copy was found by Conrad Celtes in 1494, who bequeathed it to Konred Peutinger (after whom the map is named). The map is now in the Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna.

This is the sort of map the Romans called an itinirarius, not what we would think of as a map, but a list of destinations and routes, like a modern subway map. The twelve original sheets of parchment were updated several times, and seem to have dated to the third century. The beginning sheet has been lost, and was reconstructed in 1898 by Konred Miller, who was allowed to copy and publish the map in 1887.

This miniature copy of the continuous, folded map is 42 inches long, and the map and an explanatory booklet are bound in a hand-marbled green and ocher paper, similar to the colors in the map. The two are housed in a brown and red textured paper slipcase i with dark brown leather banding, inspired by a Roman loculus, a sort of early briefcase.

This product was added to our catalog July 3, 2017