560
560
Reisch, Gregor (1467-1525)
MARGARITA PHILOSOPHICA. FREIBURG IM BREISGAU: JOHANN SCHOTT, 1503
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10,00015,000
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560
Reisch, Gregor (1467-1525)
MARGARITA PHILOSOPHICA. FREIBURG IM BREISGAU: JOHANN SCHOTT, 1503
Estimate
10,00015,000
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Reisch, Gregor (1467-1525)
MARGARITA PHILOSOPHICA. FREIBURG IM BREISGAU: JOHANN SCHOTT, 1503
FIRST EDITION, 4to (207 x 150mm.), woodcut title-page, woodcut initials and illustrations, 2 folding woodcut plates, woodcut music (some in hufnagelschrift), folding woodcut map, woodcut printer's device on final verso, without final blank leaf, later vellum, a few small wormholes at beginning and end, small section at fore-edge of title-page excised, plates repaired along folds, map damaged and laid down (supplied from another copy)
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Provenance

Colloredo, stamp at foot of title-page; bought from Hans-Horst Koch, Berlin, 1997

The Colloredos were a princely family of Austria, based in the castle of Opočno (Bohemia).

Literature

Tomash & Williams R66; Benzing-Müller II, p.71 no. 7; RISM B VI, 694; Shirley, Mapping of the World 22 (1); USTC 675099; VD16 R1033

Catalogue Note

Reisch's encyclopedic handbook of science, medicine, music, natural history and philosophy was reprinted very regularly during the sixteenth century (see lots 561-562). Book 4 relates to arithmetic and has abacus diagrams printed in the margins, and book 6 is on theoretical and practical geometry.

The Ptolemaic map is surrounded by twelve windheads, and at the foot of the Indian Ocean it announces that, contrary to Ptolemy's claims, there is not land but sea containing some islands unknown to Ptolemy.

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