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image of Ptolemeo. La Geografia di Claudio Ptolemeo Alessandrino, Con alcuni comenti & aggiunte fatteui da Sebastiano munstero Alamanno, Con le tavole non solamente antiche & moderne solite di stãparsi, ma altre nuove aggiunteui di Mester Jacapo Gastaldo Piamõtese cosmographo, ridotta in volgare italiano da M. Pietro Andrea Mattioli senese medico eccellentissimo.

GASTALDI, Giacomo.
[A fine example of the first 'pocket atlas']
Ptolemeo. La Geografia di Claudio Ptolemeo Alessandrino, Con alcuni comenti & aggiunte fatteui da Sebastiano munstero Alamanno, Con le tavole non solamente antiche & moderne solite di stãparsi, ma altre nuove aggiunteui di Mester Jacapo Gastaldo Piamõtese cosmographo, ridotta in volgare italiano da M. Pietro Andrea Mattioli senese medico eccellentissimo. Venice: Giovanni Baptista Pedrezano, 1548. 8vo, early C17th limp vellum; title with wood-engr. decoration, pp. (xiv)+216, 60 double-page maps with text on verso, (128p.)(geographical index). Several woodcut text illustrations. Lower outer corner of leaf X5 lightly browned, one map with a brown spot in margin, the white margins of two maps restored, overall an excellent and tall example
An important edition of Ptolemy, with maps engraved by Gastaldi derived from Munster's woodcuts, supplemented with 34 'modern' maps. This work was not only the first pocket atlas and the first "engraved" Ptolemy edition since Berlingheri in 1482, it also contained the first two engraved maps devoted to North America, leading Nordenskiöld to call it 'The very first atlas of the new world'. The text, both Ptolemy's text and Munster's Commentaries, was translated into Italian by Pierro Andrea Mattioli, the famous botanist.
[Ref: 13997]  

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image of Ptolemeo. La Geografia di Claudio Ptolemeo Alessandrino, Con alcuni comenti & aggiunte fatteui da Sebastiano munstero Alamanno, Con le tavole non solamente antiche & moderne solite di stãparsi, ma altre nuove aggiunteui di Mester Jacapo Gastaldo Piamõtese cosmographo, ridotta in volgare italiano da M. Pietro Andrea Mattioli senese medico eccellentissimo.

GASTALDI, Giacomo.
[A fine example of the first 'pocket atlas']
Ptolemeo. La Geografia di Claudio Ptolemeo Alessandrino, Con alcuni comenti & aggiunte fatteui da Sebastiano munstero Alamanno, Con le tavole non solamente antiche & moderne solite di stãparsi, ma altre nuove aggiunteui di Mester Jacapo Gastaldo Piamõtese cosmographo, ridotta in volgare italiano da M. Pietro Andrea Mattioli senese medico eccellentissimo. Venice: Giovanni Baptista Pedrezano, 1548. 8vo, early C17th limp boards; title with wood-engr. decoration, pp. (xiv)+216 numbered leaves, 60 double-page maps with text on verso, (128p.)(geographical index). Several woodcut text illustrations. Old ink ownership inscription by portrait of Ptolemy.
An important edition of Ptolemy, with maps engraved by Gastaldi derived from Munster's woodcuts, supplemented with 34 'modern' maps. This work was not only the first pocket atlas and the first 'engraved' Ptolemy edition since Berlingheri in 1482, it also contained the first two engraved maps devoted to North America, leading Nordenskiöld to call it 'The very first atlas of the new world'. The text, both Ptolemy's text and Munster's Commentaries, was translated into Italian by Pierro Andrea Mattioli, the famous botanist.
[Ref: 16193]  

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image of Rudimentorum Cosmographicorum Honteri Coronensis Libri III. Cum Tabellis Geographicus Elegantissimus.

HONTER, Johannes.
[A scarce miniature atlas by Honter]
Rudimentorum Cosmographicorum Honteri Coronensis Libri III. Cum Tabellis Geographicus Elegantissimus. Zurich: C.Froshauer, 1549. Later binding, book size: 155 x 98mm.
A very early, attractive and scarce miniature atlas, notable amongst its maps is a double page cordiform world first published in 1546, which was highly influential at the time in having the most recent discoveries included in it, such as the Americas and the Spice Islands in the Far East. The list of diagrams and maps in this volume are as follows: 1) Circuli Sphaeri Cum V. Zonis 2) Ordo Planetarum Cum Aspectibus. 3) Regiones Et Nomina Ventorum. 4) Universalis Cosmographia 5) Hispania 6) Gallia 7) Germania 8) Major/Minor Polonia 9) Dacia 10) Greece 11) Italy 12) Cyprus/Holy Land 13) Asia Minor 14) Arabia/Caspian Sea/India 15) Africa 16) Sicilia See SHIRLEY: World 108 for the Cordiform world.
[Ref: 7978]  

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image of Cosmographiae universalis Lib. VI in quibis, iuxta certioris fidei scriptorum..

MUNSTER, Sebastian.
[First Latin Edition of Munster's 'Cosmographia']
Cosmographiae universalis Lib. VI in quibis, iuxta certioris fidei scriptorum.. Basle, Henri Petri, 1550, Latin text edition. Folio, contemporary full vellum binding, rebacked. Woodcut title, portrait, 14 double-page maps, including two world maps and one map of America, 37 town views, 3 folding panormas, and 3 other double-page woodcuts. Plethora of woodcut illustrations throughout text.
A beautiful and complete example of what was undoubtedly the most popular cosmographical text of the mid sixteenth century. The famous map of The Americas (Burden 12) is here in state 5, and the modern world map in its second block,with the monograms DK, i.e. David Kendall. Sebastian Munster was raised as a Franciscan monk, converted to Lutheranism, taught Hebrew at Heidelberg and Basle, and was proficient in Greek and some Asian tongues. This work was an outgrowth of Munster edition of Ptolemy's Geography, whose Latin translation was based on that by Willibald Pirkheimer, though in a prelude to the present work's originality, he did not merely copy that rendering. He âcarefully collated it with previous editions, added numerous notes of his own, and produced new maps to supplement the Ptolemaic maps(Karrow). SHIRLEY: Maps in the Atlases in the British Library, T.Mun-1c.
[Ref: 8594]  

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image of Geographiae Claudii Ptolemæi Alexandrini....

MUNSTER, Sebastian.
[The last woodcut edition of Ptolemy's 'Geographia']
Geographiae Claudii Ptolemæi Alexandrini.... Basle, Henri Petri, 1552, Latin text edition. Folio, contemporary limp vellum, lacking ties; title, pp. (212) (Liber I) + 195, 54 numbered double-page maps with one page of text on recto. Binding cracked and worn, stitching strained, title page repaired
The fourth Latin edition of Munster's' version of Ptolemy's Geography, the last edition with woodcut maps. It contains the 27 Ptolemaic maps and 26 'modern' maps, the modern maps with graduation scales around the edges, making a grid for the references in the index. Also of interest is the new modern world map, signed with the monogram DK for David Kandel, the wood cutter. NORDENSKIOLD COLLECTION: II, 214.
[Ref: 13998]  

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image of Civitates Orbis Terrarum.

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans.
[A Very Fine Set of the "Civitates Orbis Terrarum"]
Civitates Orbis Terrarum. Cologne, 1574-1618, French Edition, six volumes bound in three, folio, full contemporary vellum (size each 430 x 310mm)
A complete set of all 6 volumes, bound in three volumes in original vellum bindings. Each book has its own engraved frontispiece and there are 363 city views in total. The "Civitates Orbis Terrarum" is the earliest systematic city atlas and employed such luminaries as Abraham Ortelius who provided much of its material, Pieter Breughel who contributed to many of the plans of Holland and Flanders and Joris Hoefnagel who supplied the drawings after which the cityscapes were engraved by Simon Novellanus. It was mostly published in Latin, being aimed at an educated urban aristocracy, so the present French edition is an uncommon find. The Civitates was an enormous undertaking at the time so it is not surprising that it was published over a period from 1572-1598 with a gap of twenty years until the sixth volume was added in 1618. Koeman Page 10.
[Ref: 7349]  

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image of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

ORTELIUS, Abraham.
[An Association Copy of Ortelius' Theatrum]
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Antwerp: Gillis van den Rade, 1575. Folio, contemporary full calf gilt rebacked, bookplate on front pastedown; engraved titlepage in original colour with gold highlights including a mss presentation inscription from Anthony Bacon; pp. (xix), 70 maps, as called for, in original hand colour, five maps with minor repairs to either centrefold or margin.
A fine example of the first regularly produced atlas, as well as an important association copy, with a gilt mss presentation inscription from Anthony Bacon to "B. Turræo Italo DDD". Anthony Bacon (1558-1601), foster-brother of Francis Bacon and nephew of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, worked as a spy for both Burghley and Walsingham (Elizabeth I's spy-master), gathering intelligence in France and Geneva 1579-1581, before being sent by Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, to undertake 'certain business for the queen' in Bordeaux. The ODNB describes Bacon's talents as being 'fully recognised by those players engaged in the complex negotiations of English and European politics during the last two decades of the sixteenth century'. 'Turræo' (Turraeus or della Torre?) cannot be identified with any certainty, but he must have been an extremely important contact to be presented with such an extremely expensive gift. The bookplate is that of Bob Luza (1893-1980), an Amsterdam doctor and holocaust survivor, whose collection was auctioned in Amsterdam in 1981. This was the only atlas in his collection. Koeman: Ort 13.
[Ref: 11185]  

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image of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum...

ORTELIUS, Abraham.
[The World's First Regularly Produced Atlas]
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum... Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1584, Latin edition. Folio, contemporary blind-stamped vellum & title label, worn; engr. title, portrait of Ortelius, 110 maps, as called for.
A fine example of this important atlas. First published in 1570, Ortelius' 'Theatrum' was the first regularly produced atlas, and the first attempt to compile the best available maps in a uniform format. The first edition contained 53 maps, but over the years more maps were engraved, and this edition contains over twice as many. For further details please contact us. Koeman: Ort 21.
[Ref: 4159]  

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image of Cl. Ptolemaei Alexandrini, Geographiae Libri Octo, recogniti iam et diligenter emendati cum talulis geographicis ad mentem auctoris restitutis ac emendatis per Gerardum Mercatorem...

PTOLEMY, Claudius.
[Mercator's edition of Ptolemy's Geography]
Cl. Ptolemaei Alexandrini, Geographiae Libri Octo, recogniti iam et diligenter emendati cum talulis geographicis ad mentem auctoris restitutis ac emendatis per Gerardum Mercatorem... Cleves, 1584. Folio, recased in contemporary limp vellum, pp. (ii) + 108 (numbered to 106 then 89 & 90, but correct) + (40), 28 maps, all but one double-page with text on reverse.
Gerard Mercator's edition of Ptolemy's Geography, a treatise on cartography and a description of the world's geography as known in the Roman Empire of the 2nd century. Lost to the West during the Dark Ages, Ptolemy's text was discovered in Constantinople in 1295, however lacking maps (as these needed more skill to copy). Thus the first printed edition (Bologna, 1477) contained maps derived from the coordinates in the text. For his edition Mercator chose also to start from scratch, trusting that his own expertise would make his maps the most faithful to Ptolemy's original work. The atlas was first published in 1578; this second edition was the last in Mercator's lifetime. However there were further editions, with the plates much altered, as late as 1730. KOEMAN: Me 2.
[Ref: 12130]  

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image of Galliae tabule geographicæ. [&] Belgii Inferioris Geographicæ tabule. [&] Germaniae tabule geographicæ. [&] Italiae, Sclavoniæ, et Græciæ tabule geographice...

MERCATOR, Gerard.
[Rare Lifetime Edition of Mercator's atlas]
Galliae tabule geographicæ. [&] Belgii Inferioris Geographicæ tabule. [&] Germaniae tabule geographicæ. [&] Italiae, Sclavoniæ, et Græciæ tabule geographice... Duisburg Clivorumn, 1585 (parts I-III) & 1589 (part IV). Folio, 17th century blind-decorated calf; Part I: pp. (x)(of 12)+(8)(index), engraved title and 16 maps; Part II: pp. (iv)+(4)(index), engraved title and 9 map; Part III: pp. (iv)+(blank)+(8)(index), engraved title and 26 maps; Part IV: pp. (ii)+(11)(index), engraved title, portrait of Mercator and 22 maps, plus Rumold Mercator's maps of the World and Europe. A total of 4 titles, 75 maps and one portrait, all in fine original colour. Small restoration to foot of spine. The maps are in excellent condition; Piedmont map printed upside-down.
A fine example of the First Issue of the first four parts of Gerard Mercator's atlas, all that was published during the lifetime. The first three parts were first issued in 1585 as ''Tabulæ Geographicæ", containing: 'Galliae tabule geographicæ' (France), 'Belgii Inferioris Geographicæ tabule' (Low Countries), and 'Germaniae tabule geographicæ' (Germany); the fourth part, 'Italiæ, Sclavoniæ et Græciæ' (Italy, Balkans and Greece) was published four years later, as this example. The fifth and final part, 'Atlantis Pars Altera', was delayed by a stroke that ended Mercator's productivity in 1589, not appearing until 1595, a year after the great cartographer's death. There are two extra maps appearing in this edition (as called for) attributed to Mercator's son, Rumold: the World (first issue in an atlas) and Europe (a pre-atlas issue without text on the back). KOEMAN'S ATLANTES NEERLANDICI: 1:001 +002
[Ref: 15413]  

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