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  WORLD 
 World & Continent Sets 
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VUILLEMIN, Alexandre A.
[Set of World and Continents]
Planisphère Elementaire et Illustré... Paris, Fatout, 1865-6. Original colour. Seven plates, each c. 640 x 850mm. A few small signs of wear.
A fine set of seven large maps, with the world on Mercator's Projection (British Empire in red), and six continents (including South America and Oceania). Each map is decorated with informative vignettes.
[Ref: 9507]  

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 World Maps 
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PTOLEMY, Claudius.
[Copper-engraved Incunable World Map]
[Untitled Ptolemaic World Map.] Rome: Petrus de Turre, 1478-90. Printed area 330 x 535mm. Joined at the centre, as issued; a few small repairs to edges.
A very early printed map of the world, published in the second edition of Angelus & Caldarini's version of Ptolemy, first published 1478. The map is indistinguishable from the first edition. An unusual feature of the series is the lettering, which is not engraved with a burin but stamped onto the plate. SHIRLEY: World 4. "Many consider the Rome plates to be the finest Ptolemaic plates produced until Gerard Mercator engraved his classical world atlas of 1578".
[Ref: 3969]  

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SCHEDEL, D. Hartmann.
[World map from the Nuremberg Chronicle]
[World.] Nuremberg, Anton Kolberger, 1493, Latin text edition. Woodcut, printed area 370 x 520mm. A very fine example.
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, it includes nothing of his discoveries. Instead it takes a retrospective view, depicting the three sons of Noah in the borders, includes the mythical island of Taprobana and has seven vignettes of mythological creatures, taken from the works of Herodotus, Solinus and Pliny, down the left side. These include figures with six arms, four eyes or a bird-neck, and a centaur. A further 14 are on verso, with text describing which parts of the world they inhabit. SHIRLEY: 19.
[Ref: 9077]  

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SCHEDEL, D. Hartmann.
[An incunable world map in fine original colour]
[World.] Nuremberg, Anton Kolberger, 1493, Latin text edition. Fine original colour, including contemporary rubrication. Woodcut, printed area 370 x 520mm. Some restoration to centerfold as usually found on this map.
An example of the famous world map from the 'Nuremberg Chronicle' in fine contemporary colour. It was published a matter of months after Columbus' return to Spain after his first voyage to the New World, and includes 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 is 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. Schedel maps in original colour are very uncommon. SHIRLEY: 19.
[Ref: 13771]  

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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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SCHEDEL, D. Hartmann.
[One of the earliest world maps available to the collector, decorated with bizarre creatures]
[World.] Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1493, Latin text edition. Woodcut, printed area 370 x 520mm, good margins.
A fine example of the famous incunable 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: 17465]  

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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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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 Hystoriae', 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: 16122]  

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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 Hystoriae', 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: 18086]  

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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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