Ptolemaeus | Geographicae enarrationis libri octo, Lyon, 1541
Ptolemaeus | Geographicae enarrationis libri octo, Lyon, 1541
Ptolemaeus | Geographicae enarrationis libri octo, Lyon, 1541
Ptolemaeus | Geographicae enarrationis libri octo, Lyon, 1541
Ptolemaeus | Geographicae enarrationis libri octo, Lyon, 1541
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Ptolemaeus | Geographicae enarrationis libri octo, Lyon, 1541

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Ptolemaeus | Geographicae enarrationis libri octo, Lyon, 1541

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Lot Sold:18,750GBP

Lot Details

Description

PTOLEMAEUS, CLAUDIUS

Geographicae enarrationis libri octo. Lyon: Hughes de la Porte [Vienne: Gaspar Trechsel], 1541


Folio (422 x 275mm.), woodcut printer's device on title-page, woodcut initials and illustrations, 50 woodcut maps (49 double-page, of which 12 of Europe, 4 of Africa, 12 of Asia, world map, map of the New World, and a further 21 maps, one with a single-page map on verso), all maps on guards of reused medieval manuscript, near-contemporary Spanish plateresque calf, lacking a2-5 (containing start of book I), n4 and [2]h6 (both containing colophon only), first few leaves repaired at edges, slight stain at fore-edge in first half of volume, final leaf stained, a few small wormholes, binding repaired (in 1993) with new endpapers


A reprint of the first Servetus edition of 1535, using the translation of Wilibald Pirckheimer; both their names have been crossed through on the title-page as they were both "auctori damnati".

The woodcut maps are mostly from the 1522 Fries edition printed by Grüninger, with a few amendments; the final world map is signed by Lorenz Fries and dated 1522, and contains the first use of the word "America" in a Ptolemaic map. For this edition the woodcut borders and headpieces have been removed.


LITERATURE:

Shirley T.PTOL-7h; USTC 112020; von Gültlingen VI, p.146, Trechsel *; cf. Mortimer, Harvard French 450 (1535 Lyon edition)


PROVENANCE:

Joaquin de Yrizar, bookplate

Condition Report

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