Geographia. Translated from Greek into Latin by Willibald Pirckheimer (1470-1530). Claudius PTOLEMAEUS, Sebastian Munster.
Geographia. Translated from Greek into Latin by Willibald Pirckheimer (1470-1530)
Geographia. Translated from Greek into Latin by Willibald Pirckheimer (1470-1530)

Geographia. Translated from Greek into Latin by Willibald Pirckheimer (1470-1530)

Basel: Heinrich Petri, 1552. Folio (305 x 203 mm). Roman and italic types, double-column, woodcut figure of Ptolemy observing the stars on verso of title, 54 DOUBLE-PAGE WOODCUT MAPS, each with accompanying letterpress text on rectos, the majority with 4-part woodcut borders, 2 full-page and 4 woodcut text diagrams, woodcut printer's device on verso of final map, woodcut initials. Late 16th- or early 17th-century polished calf with central gilt arabesque, and single gilt fillet along edges (rebacked to style in calf antique). Provenance: Kenneth Nebenzahl (bookplate). Lacks 2 leaves "Epistola nuncupatoria" and one blank at beginning, some minor staining mostly marginal, 10 maps with vertical wormtracks in upper margin with little loss of text and plate margin, Bb4 with semicircular repaired tear on fore margin crossing shoulder note. Item #408917

Fourth edition of Sebastian Munster's edition of Ptolemy, with an additional treatise and enlarged indices by Konrad Wolffhart. 48 of the maps were first used in Munster's first 1540 edition, six were added for the third edition of 1545, and one, the map of Pomerania (no. 42), appears here for the first time, replacing a map of the Lake of Constance. Munster's celebrated map of the New World (map 54) appears here in its 6th state, with latitude and longitude bars added in the margins (Burden 12). Of the 54 woodcut maps half are Ptolemaean, the remainder modern (world, the American continent, the East Indies and regions in Europe, Asia and Africa). "Munster's new maps are among the most interesting revisions and additions to Ptolemy. His new map of the world 'Typus Orbis Universalis' is an improvement over earlier editions and shows knowledge of many of the more important geographical discoveries to date" (The World Encompassed). Adams P-2230; Alden & Landis 552/40; Burmeister 169; Phillips Atlases 370; Sabin 66488.

Price: $32,500.00