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[Mercator's edition of Ptolemy's Geography]

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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PTOLEMY, Claudius.
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.
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