Lot 27
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Ptolemaeus, Claudius

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Description

  • La Geografia... con alcuni comenti & aggiunte fattevi da Sebastiano Munstero... con le tavole... di Messer Iacopo Gastaldo. Venice: [Nicolo de Bascarini for] Giovanni Baptista Pedrezano, 1548 (colophon: October 1547)
  • Paper
FIRST EDITION IN ITALIAN, 8vo (170 x 100mm.), title within vertical historiated woodcut borders, five- and eight-line historiated initials, woodcut portrait of Ptolemy as astronomer, 26 maps of the ancient world and 34 of the modern world, TOGETHER 60 DOUBLE-PAGE MAPS ENGRAVED BY GIACOMO GASTALDI, numerous woodcut diagrams, woodcut device on register at end, old vellum, title in ink on spine, spine repaired at foot, lower joint cracking slightly

Literature

Nordenskiöld Collection 2, 214; Phillips, Atlases 369; Sabin 66502; Shirley, British Library T.PTOL–9a

Catalogue Note

FIRST COMPLETE EDITION IN ITALIAN, TRANSLATED BY PIETRO ANDREA MATTIOLI FROM SEBASTIAN MÜNSTER'S EDITION OF 1540.

"THE VERY FIRST ATLAS OF THE NEW WORLD" (Nordenskiöld).

The maps in this edition were designed by Giacomo Gastaldi. Most of the thirty-four maps of the modern world are entirely new, including seven relating to the Americas. Among these is Nueva Hispania tabula nova, showing the Mississippi and Florida area, the first separate printed map of the region.

This small-format edition of Ptolemy was the most comprehensive world atlas before the publication of Ortelius's Theatrum in 1570. It is the first complete edition in Italian, following Berlinghieri’s verse paraphrase of 1482.

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