Lot 394
  • 394

Ptolemaeus, Claudius (c.90–c.168).

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  • <P>Cosmographia [translated by Jacobus Angelus, edited by Philippus Beroaldus and others]. <I>Bologna: Dominicus de Lapis, 23 June “MCCCCLXII” [i.e. 1477]</I>&nbsp;</P>
Royal folio (423 x 280mm.), 61 leaves (first leaf blank), double column, 51 lines, roman letter, 26 double-page copperplate engraved maps by taddeo crivelli, all with contemporary hand-colour, 4 woodcut diagrams in the text, 3- to 5-line initials supplied in red or blue, paragraph-marks and initial-strokes in red, contemporary nuremberg binding of blind-stamped calf over wooden boards, a central panel of fleurs-de-lys within a leafy trellis, surrounded by a border of diamond-shaped stamps containing flowers and gryphons, outer border and spine with rose stamps, all within blind fillets, the title ''Ptolomaeus de situ orbis'' stamped on upper cover, brass corner-pieces (lettered "ave Maria gratia ple[n]a") and central bosses, later brass clasps, modern morocco-backed box, manuscript notes in red in margins and on maps by Hieronymus Münzer and Willibald Pirckheimer, a few small wormholes and tears in margins, a few leaves strengthened in gutter, a few maps repaired, lacking straps, a few small repairs to binding