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Ptolemy, active 2nd century

Claudii Ptolemei viri Alexandrini mathematic[ae] disciplin[ae] philosophi doctissimi Geographi[ae] opus nouissima traductione e Gr[ae]corum archetypis castigatissime pressum, c[ae]teris ante lucubratorum multo pr[ae]stantius ...

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Geographi[ae] opus nouissima traductione e Gr[ae]corum archetypis castigatissime pressum, c[ae]teris ante lucubratorum multo pr[ae]stantius

Geographi[ae] opus novissima traductione e Gr[ae]corum archetypis castigatissime pressum, c[ae]teris ante lucubratorum multo pr[ae]stantius

Geographia. Latin

Pressus hic Ptolem[ae]us Argentin[ae] [Strasbourg] : Vigilantissima castigatione, industriaq[ue] Ioannis Schotti urbis indigen[ae], anno Christi Opt. Max. MDXIII. Marcii XII [1513]
Physical Description:
[2], 5-60, [32] leaves (last leaf blank), [92] leaves of plates : ill., 47 maps (woodcuts) ; 45 cm. (fol.)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2011 10
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Jacopo d'Angelo's Latin translation from the Greek of Ptolemy's Geographia.
"This edition was commenced by ... Martin Waltzemüller ... about the year 1505 ... Mathias Ringmann ... was also employed on the work. The modern maps were prepared by Waltzemüller, and most of them--perhaps all--engraved as early as 1507. The completion of the text, however, was delayed; and in 1508 all of the material passed into the hands of Jacobus Eszler and Georgius Ubelin ... who edited and finally published the work in 1513"--Sabin.
Imprint from colophon (N6b); date precedes printer statement.
Signatures: [A]² B-L⁶ M⁴ N⁶ a⁶ b⁴ c⁶.
With 47 maps, engraved on wood; 45 are double maps and 2 are single maps; the last map is printed in three colors.
Printed in double columns.
The first two of the modern maps have interest as Americana. "The first ... includes an outline of the northeastern part of the South American continent ... the islands Isabella and Spagnola, and another fragmentary coast line ... The other ('Tabvla Terre Nove') is one of the earliest printed maps devoted entirely to the new world."--Sabin.
The map of Lorraine (Lotharingia), surrounded by coats of arms & printed in 3 colors, was the first printed of that Duchy & is considered one of the earliest known specimens of printing in colors.
Catalogue of a collection of early German books in the library of C. Fairfax Murray, 348
Library of Congress. Lessing J. Rosenwald collection, 624
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, 66478
Shirley, R.W. Early printed maps of the British Isles, 1477-1650 (1991 edition), 11
Thacher, II, p. 38 (Americana)
Adams, H.M. Catalogue of books printed on the continent of Europe, 1501-1600, in Cambridge libraries, P2219
Selected exhibitions: "Paul Mellon's Legacy: A Passion for British Art" (Yale Center for British Art, 18 April-29 July, 2007); "Wilde Americk: Discovery and Exploration of the New World" (Yale Center for British Art, 27 September-30 December, 2001).
Includes index.
BAC: British Art Center copy includes two versions of the woodcut map of the British Isles ("Tabvla Prima Evropae"). The first, commonly found in the atlas, is printed in black and hand-colored. In the second (much rarer) version, map delineations are again printed in black, while the surrounding seas are printed in brown. The second version is an earlier, proof copy--some text is omitted and other text is misspelled. The remaining maps are hand-colored throughout. Bound in contemporary full calf over wooden boards, with metal bosses; original clasps lacking. Bookseller's description pasted to inside of upper board.
Subject Terms:
America -- Maps -- Early works to 1800.
Early maps.
Geography -- Early works to 1800.
Geography, Ancient.
Mathematical geography -- Early works to 1800.
Hand coloring.
Printing in multiple colors (Printing)
Color printing
D'Angelo, Jacopo.
Essler, Jacob.
Ringmann, Matthias, 1481 or 1482-1510.
Übelin, Georg, active 15th century-16th century.
Waldseemüller, Martin, 1470-1519.
Schott, Johann, 1477-1548, printer.
IIIF Manifest:

  • From t. p.: Pro prima parte continens 1. Cl. Ptolemei Geographiam per octo libros partitam/ad antiquitat[em] suam/integre & sine ulla corruptione. 2. Una cum collatione dictionum Grecarum e regione ad Latinas certissima graduum calculatione. 3. Registrationem item nouam regionum/praefecturarum/ciuitatum/fluminum/marium/lacuum/portuum/siluarum/oppidorum/villarum ac gentium/ad ordinem chartarum & columnarum singula certissimo monstrans indice. 4. Qua[e] breuis & doctissima Gregorij Lilij subsequitur instructio de Grecor[um] numerali supputatione/in traductione Greca res scitu aurea. 5. Tabularum dein auctoris vigintiseptem ordo hic est generale orbis iuxta description[em] Ptolomei una, Europe tabule decem, Aphrice tabule quattuor, Asie tabulae duodecim, est & una corporis spherici in plano iuxta fin[em] 7.li
  • Pars secunda moderniorum lustratonum viginti tabulis/veluti supplementum quoddam antiquitatis obsolet/suo loco que vel abstrusa/vel erronea videbantur resolutissime pandit
  • Adnexo ad finem tractatu sicuti lectu iucundissimo/ita & utilissimo de varijs moribus & ritibus gentium, eordundem q[uae] ac localium nomin[um] originibus
  • Breuis continentia libri oppida/regna/lacus/montes/ & equora/siluas/ac hominum mores hic Ptolemeus habet.

Paul Mellon's Legacy : A Passion for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2007-04-18 - 2007-07-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Wilde Americk - Discovery and Exploration of the New World, 1500-1850 (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-09-27 - 2001-09-27) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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