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Creator:
Ptolemy, active 2nd century.
Title:
Claudii Ptholemaei Alexandrini Liber geographiae cum tabulis et universali figura et cum additione locorum quae recentioribus reperta sunt diligenti cura emendatus et impressus [cartographic material].
Alternate Title(s):
Clavdii Ptholemaei Alexandrini Liber geographiae cvm tabvlis et vniversali figvra et cvm additione locorvm quae recentioribvs reperta svnt diligenti cvra emendatvs et impressvs
Liber geographiae cum tabulis et universali figura et cum additione locorum quae recentioribus reperta sunt diligenti cura emendatus et impressus
Liber geographiae cvm tabvlis et vniversali figvra et cvm additione locorvm quae recentioribvs reperta svnt diligenti cvra emendatvs et impressvs
Geographia. Latin. 1511
Published/Created:
Venetiis [Venice] : Per Iacobum Pentium de Leucho, Anno Domini. M.D.XI. die. xx. mensis Martii. [March 22, 1511]
Physical Description:
1 atlas ([62] leaves, [28] double leaves of plates) : ill., maps ; 43 cm (fol.)
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Atlas 71 (Folio A)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Information
Classification:
Maps & Atlas (printed)
Scale:
Scales differ.
Notes:
BEIN 1977 Folio 128: Imperfect: wormed. Armorial bookplate of Charles Leonard Frost Robinson. Printed label pasted to inside front cover: 1030. In half-calf binding with wooden boards [clasps wanting]. Manuscript waste used in binding.
BEIN GGfp94 gf475f: Imperfect: wormed. First four leaves reinforced with paper. Ireland on "Prima Europae tabula" hand-colored. Armorial bookplate: F.Z.M. Hauslab. Manuscript notes on front endpapers: Vignaud; C.II.1a.3; 150. Title in manuscipt on label on front cover: Claudij Ptholemaei Geographiae Antica, Venetiis 1511. Bookplate of the Thorne Collection of Cartography & Geography.
Imprint from colophon on leaf I8 recto.
First printed in Latin in Vicenza in 1475 without maps; the maps from engraved copperplates were first included in the Bologna, 1477 edtion.
According to Philips in his List of geographical atlases in the Library of Congress, this edition is translated by Jacopo D'Angelo but edited and remodelled by Bernardo Sylvani of Eboli, an eminent geographer of the time; the principles of the revision are developed in the intoduction on leaves [maltese cross]2 and [maltese cross]3.
Maps show pictorial relief.
Signatures: [maltese cross]⁴ ([maltese cross]2 missigned [maltese cross]1) A⁸ B-H⁶ I⁸ (I8 verso blank).
Errata: recto of leaf [maltese cross]4.
Text printed in two parallel columns; a full column has 60 lines of text.
Title page printed completely in red; text printed in black with red; guide letters lack rublication.
The maps are printed from new wood-blocks with the lettering type printed in red and black; includes numerous in text woodcut diagrams including a full page one on leaf I1 recto. The initial map [1]. mappamundi is printed on the verso and recto of the inner form; maps [2]. Prima Evropae tabvla through to [26]. Vndecima Asiae tabvla are printed on the verso and recto of the inner form; map [27]. Dvodecima Asiae tabvla has the verso of the right part of the leaf blank; and Sylvani's modern mappamundi is printed on the inner form of verso and recto with the recto of the outer form of the left side of the sheet and the verso outer form of the right side of the sheet left blank.
The initial mappamundi has been revised from the previous Ptolemy Geographia editions to take into account modern geographical discoveries though it only partially succeeds as Sylvani did not stray too far from classical Ptolomeic traditions (Shirley, 31). The final map, the mappamundi with the heart-shaped projection, has no title but depicts only the western coast of South America, again called Terra Sancta Crucis, Cuba, Hispaniola and other unnamed West Indian islands, "Terra Laboratoris" or Newfoundland which is situated very close to Ireland, and "Regalis domus" whose western coastline has been left open. This map was never reprinted separately and, hence, remains scarce (Shirley, 32).
Shirley, R.W. Mapping of the world, 31 (mappamundi 1)
Shirley, R.W. Mapping of the world, 32 (mappamundi 2)
Sanz, C. Geographia de Ptolomeo, p. 116-122
List of geographical atlases in the Library of Congress, 358
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, 66477
Stevens, H.N. Ptolemy's geography: a brief account of all the printed editions down to 1730, p. 43-44
Bibliotheca Americana: catalogue of the John Carter Brown Library in Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, I: p. 52-53
European Americana, 511/8
Contents:
(Titles from head of maps) [1]. [Revised Ptolomeic mappamundi by Bernardo Sylvani] -- [2] Prima Evropae tabvla -- [3]. Secvnda Evropae tabvla -- [4]. Tertia Evropae tabvla -- [5]. Qvarta Evropae tabvla -- [6]. Qvinta Evrop[a]e tabvla -- [7]. Sexta Evropae tabvla -- [8]. Septima Evropae tabvla -- [9]. Octava Evropae tabvla -- [10]. Nona Evropae tabvla -- [11]. Decima et vltima Evropae tabvla -- [12]. Prima Africae tabvla -- [13]. Secvnda Africae tabvla -- [14]. Tertia Africae tabvla -- [15]. Qvarta Africae tabvla -- [16]. Prima Asiae tabvla -- [17]. Secvnda Asiae tabvla -- [18]. Tertia Asiae tabvla -- [19]. Qvarta Asiae tabvla -- [20]. Qvinta Asiae tabvla -- [21]. Sexta Asiae tabvla -- [22]. Septima Asiae tabvla -- [23]. Octava Asiae tabvla -- [24]. Nona Asiae tabvla -- [25]. Decima Asiae tabvla -- [26]. Vndecima Asiae tabvla -- [27]. Dvodecima et vltima Asiae tabvla -- [28]. [Modern mappamundi by Bernardo Sylvani].
Exhibition History:
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Wilde Americk - Discovery and Exploration of the New World, 1500-1850 (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-09-27 - 2001-09-27)

Subject Terms:
America -- Geography -- Maps.
America -- Geography.
America.
Geography, Ancient -- Maps.
Geography, Ancient.
Geography, Ancient.
Geography.
Geography.
Hauslab, Franz, 1798-1883 -- Bookplate.
Mathematical geography.
Mathematical geography.
Robinson, Charles L. F. (Charles Leonard Frost), 1874-1916 -- Bookplate.
Thorne Collection of Cartogaphy and Geography.
Form/Genre:
Maps.
Armorial bookplates (Provenance)
Atlases.
Manuscript waste (Binding)
Contributors:
D'Angelo, Jacopo.
Silvani, Bernardo.
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