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SCHEDEL, D. Hartmann.
[An incunable world map decorated with bizarre creatures]
[World.] Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1493, Latin text edition. Coloured woodcut, printed area 370 x 520mm. Very minor restoration to centerfold as usually found on this map.
A fine example of the famous world map from the 'Nuremberg Chronicle', published a matter of months after Columbus' return to Spain after his first voyage to the New World, so including nothing of his discoveries. Instead, appropriately for a history of the world, it takes a retrospective view, with the cartography that of Ptolemy, with a land-locked Indian Ocean with the island of Taprobana, but given a biblical theme by depicting the three sons of Noah in the borders. Down the left are seven vignettes of mythological creatures, with a further 14 on the reverse, taken from the works of Herodotus, Solinus and Pliny. These include figures with six arms, four eyes or a bird-neck and a centaur. The text describes which parts of the world they inhabit. SHIRLEY: 19.
[Ref: 14563]  

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FORESTI, Giacomo.
[An early 16th century T-O world map]
[Untitled T-O world map.] Venice: c.1503. Woodcut, 90 x 130mm, set in Italian text.
An early diagrammatic world map from Foresti da Bergamo's 'Novissime Hystoriæ', in a decorative border also containing a climate map. The depiction is 'Tripartite' or 'T-O', with the world divided into three by great waterways. Europe is separated from Africa by the Mediterranean and from Asia by the river Don; and Asia and Africa are separated by the Nile. Foresti was a noted historian in his day: his 'Supplementum Chronicarum' (1491), was plagarised by Hartmann Schedel, appearing word for word in the more famous 'Nuremberg Chronicle' (1493). SHIRLEY: p.xx, plate 2.
[Ref: 12005]  

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SYLVANUS, Bernard.
["one of the first examples of two-colour printing"]
[Ptolemaic World map.] Venice, 1511. Woodcut on two sheets conjoined, printed surface 280 x 560mm.
An unusual map in several ways. Firstly, having the names printed in red makes it one of the first examples of two-colour printing, achieved by printing the sheet twice. Secondly it is a hybrid map, essentially Ptolemaic (for example still depicting Taprobana), yet updated by Sylvanus with modern details (removing the east slant of Scotland and giving north Africa a rounded shape). It is also what Shirley calls 'an isolated example of Venetian cartographic enterprise', forty years before Gastaldi's version of Prolemy. It was never reissued. While decoration is kept at a minimum the zodiac signs of Cancer, Libra & Capricorn are featured on the right. SHIRLEY: 31.
[Ref: 9740]  

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WÄLDSEEMÜLLER, Martin.
[Wäldseemüller's Large-Format Ptolemaic World]
Generale Ptholemei. Strassburg, Johannes Shott, 1513 or 1520. Woodcut, printed area 430 x 570mm.
Wäldseemüller's large-format map of the Ptolemaic world, surrounded by wind heads. Published in one of two identical editions of Ptolemy's Geography, which was regarded as the first modern atlas because of the inclusion of new, up-to-date maps. SHIRLEY: World 34, "Visually, it is one of the most attractive Ptolemiac world maps produced.."
[Ref: 5922]  

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WÄLDSEEMÜLLER, Martin.
[Rare First Issue of Fries' Modern World Map.]
Tabu Gran Russie. Strassburg, Johannes Grüninger, 1522. FIRST EDITION. Woodcut, printed area 315 x 450mm. A few small repairs and wormholes.
The first printing of the Fries reduction of Wäldseemüller's modern world map. Originally intended not for a Ptolemy edition but for a new "Chronica mundi" being written by Wäldseemüller, his death c.1520 caused the project to be shelved, so the woodcuts were used to publish a smaller sized and so cheaper edition of the 'Geography'. As it is a comparison with the Ptolemaic world map it only shows the the very edges of the Americas. The title is an incorrect abbreviation of "Tabula Gronlandie et Russie" (as verso). Of interest are the Greenland as a peninsular extending from Russia, and the five enthroned kings and an elephant added by Fries as decoration. One page on verso has text and ornate column borders. It is interesting to note that this map was published the year that Magellan's ship completed its circumnavigation. SHIRLEY: World 49, "one of the earliest world maps available to the collector".
[Ref: 3739]  

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BORDONE, Benedetto.
[Rare First Edition of Bordone's Famous Woodcut]
[World map.] Venice, 1528, First Edition. Woodcut, image size 215 x 380mm, with Italian text beneath and the Errata on verso.
One of the earliest world maps on an oval projection, published in Bordone's 'Isolario', for which it was one of three index maps. Most of the names on the map are on the continents or the names of the seas; the islands have numbers and letters refering to an index, unfortunately not the list on the back. SHIRLEY: 59.
[Ref: 10257]  

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FRIES, Laurent.
[Fries World Map]
Tabu Totius Orbis. Lyon, Gaspar & Melchior Treschel, 1535, Woodcut, printed area 350 x 490mm.
Fries' edition of Ptolemy's 'Geography' used reductions of Wäldseemüller's maps of 1513. However this modern world map was Fries' own work, with his initials in the title. Points of interest include: the seperate 'islands' of England and Scotland; Taprobana on the west coast of India, with Madagascar and 'Java Maior' grouped together in the centre of the Indian Ocean; and the beginnings of the west coast of South America. The outer frame of the map consists of looped coils of rope which link the names of the winds. PASTOREAU: Pg. 382 (51) SHIRLEY: World, 48, illus; 'much sought after... one of the earliest world maps that collectors can obtain'.
[Ref: 8397]  

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PTOLEMY, Claudius.
[The Waldseelmuller/Fries Ptolemaic world map]
[Untitled World map according to Ptolemy of Alexandria.] Vienne, Melchior & Gaspar Treschel, 1535. Coloured. Woodcut, printed area 295 x 455mm.
The world according to the ancients, surrounded by puffing wind-heads, published in Ptolemy's 'Geographia'. The map is a reduction of the Wäldseemüller's map of 1513, prepared by Laurent Fries for a new 'Chronica mundi' being written by Wäldseemüller; however his death c.1520 caused that project to be shelved, so the reduced woodcuts were used to publish a smaller-sized and so cheaper edition of the 'Geography'. This edition contained a text edited by Michael Villanovus, better known as Servetus. He was burnt at the stake for heresy in 1553, with one of the pieces of evidence against him being a comment on the verso of the map of modern Palestine in this book doubting that the Promised Land was as fertile as the Bible makes out. Considering that this also appears in the 1522 edition (not edited by Servetus) this appears to have been a little unfair. It is said that copies of the 'Geographia' were added to his pyre on the orders of Calvin. using the blocks cut in 1522. The maps were designed by Laurent Fries from the larger maps prepared by Martin Waldseemuller. Fries's smaller and cheaper edition of Ptolemy's 'Geographia' proved to be very succesfull appearing in four editions, the last being 1541. SHIRLEY: World 47.
[Ref: 13103]  

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WÄLDSEEMÜLLER, Martin.
[A fine example of Fries' Modern World Map]
Tabu Nova Orbis. Lyons: Melchior & Gaspar Treschel, 1535, Woodcut, printed area 315 x 450mm.
Fries reduction of Wäldseemüller's modern world map. Originally intended not for a Ptolemy edition but for a new 'Chronica mundi' being written by Wäldseemüller, his death c.1520 caused the project to be shelved, so the woodcuts were used to publish a smaller sized and so cheaper edition of the 'Geography'. As it is a comparison with the Ptolemaic world map it only shows the very edges of the Americas. Of interest are Greenland as a peninsula extending from Russia, the five enthroned kings of Russia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Taprobana and Mursuli, and an elephant added just off the coast of Greenland, by Fries as decoration. The Lyons edition of the 'Geograpia' is rare since it was ordered to be burnt by Calvin, due to alleged heresy contained within. SHIRLEY: World 49, 'one of the earliest world maps available to the collector'.
[Ref: 15514]  

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FRISIUS, Gemma.
[16th C woodblock cordiform world map, with windheads]
Carte Cosmographeque, ou universelle description du Monde, avecq les Venz selon leur propre nature & operation figurés. Antwerp, 1544-, French edition . Woodcut, 205 x 290mm. Good impression.
An unusual woodcut world map, prepared by Frisius for inclusion in Peter Apian's Cosmography. North America is shown as a narrow peninsula named 'Baccalearum', a reference to the cod fishing that was already so important. In the seas, ships, seamonsters and a mermaid are shown. The border of the map contains the signs of the Zodiac, outside which are a number of wind-heads, including three skulls, representing the plague-carrying winds blowing from the south. Above the map are a pair of god-like figures, one of whom has the double-headed eagle of the Holy Roman Emperor on his breastplate. Shirley has identified three very similar versions of the block this is the first, with England and Scotland unnamed, with only three French editions, 1544, 1551 & 1553. SHIRLEY: 82 (see 96 & 131 for further details)
[Ref: 11097]  

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