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MUNSTER, Sebastian. [Early edition of Munster's Geographia]
Geographia Universalis, Vetus et Nova, Complectens Claudiii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Enarrationis Libros VIII. Basle, Henri Petri, 1545, Latin text edition. Folio, contemporary limp vellum, lacking ties; title & pp, (x) (index) + (xxxiv)(Liber I) + 195, 54 double-page maps with woodblock and text on recto. Titlepage from an earlier edition; 4pp. Patched to fill mss. ink burn, otherwise a clean, dark-imprint example on strong paper.
The third Latin edition of Munster's' version of Ptolemy's Geography, first published five years before. It contains 27 Ptolemaic maps and 26 modern maps, 12 of which were new blocks; however. with three maps dropped and three replaced, there are only six more than the previous edition. Among the new maps are Scandinavia after Olaus Magnus and Bohemia, which Nordenskiöld describes as the 'first map on which the different religious and political conditions of a country are denoted'. The map of America is in its second state, with only the map number in the title altered. NORDENSKIOLD COLLECTION: II, 213; BURDEN: 12.
[Ref: 13956]    £19,000.00 ($25,460 • €21,679 rates)


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