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An edition of Cosmographia (1482)


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This edition was published in by Lienhart Holle in Ulm.

Written in Latin

140 pages

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This edition was published in by Lienhart Holle in Ulm.

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Title and imprint from Goff and ISTC.

Colophon: Clavdii Ptolomei viri Alexandrini Cosmographie octavvs et vltimvs liber explicit opvs Donni Nicolai Germani secvndvm Ptolomevm finit. Anno M CCCC LXXXII. Avgvsti vero Kalendas. XVII. Imprssvm [sic] Vlme per ingeniosvm virvm Leonardvm Hol prefati oppidi civis.

Latin translation by Jacopo d'Angelo; edited by Nicolaus Germanus.

The first edition of Ptolemy printed in Germany and the first edition in which woodcut maps appear.

Woodcuts: [4] diagrams, initials, [32] maps.

The maps, double, except for the last, are on separate sheets, most of them with a descriptive text printed on the back within woodcut borders; these texts are known in several variants.

"Maps ... redrawn, corrected and improved ... by Nicolaus Donis [i.e. Nicolaus Germanus] ... [who] also added the five modern maps, one of which contains the first printed representation of Greenland, laid down as a peninsula of northern Europe under the name of Engronelant."--Sabin, 66472.

At the top of the first map is a woodcut inscription: Insculptum est per Iohanne[m] Schnitzer de Arm[ss]heim

"This version of Ptolemy's Cosmographia was the first to include the accompanying text on the verso of the map concerned ... Since the map sheets appear to have been gathered up for binding in a random manner, the setting of the text cannot be used for establishing a chronological sequence of copies ..."--Campbell, Earliest printed maps, p. 136.

Cf. Hain, BM 15th cent., and Sabin for information on variants.

Goff, P-1084

ISTC, ip01084000

BM 15th cent., II, p. 538 (IC.9306)

Hain-Copinger, *13539

Bodleian Library 15th cent., P-528

Copinger, 4976

Sabin, 66472

BSB-Ink, P-859

Winsor, Bibliography of Ptolemy's Geography, p. 5-6

Klebs, 812.5

Sajó-Soltészm 2863

IGI, 8183

IDL, 3840

Madsen, 3416

Ohly-Sack, 2428

Rhodes, Oxford Colleges, 1480

Proctor, 2556

Campbell, Earliest printed maps, 179-210

Available also through the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center website as a raster image.

Boston Public Library copy wanting folio 70, a blank.

Other Titles
Beatissimo Patri Pavlo Secvndo Pontific Maximo, Beatissimo Patri Paulo Secundo Pontifici Maximo, [N]on me fugit, beatissime pater ..., Non me fugit, beatissime pater ..., Clavdii Ptholomei Cosmographi liber primvs hec habet, Claudii Ptholomei Cosmographi liber primus hec habet, Cladii [sic] Ptolomei viri Alexandrini Cosmographie liber primvs incipit, Claudii Ptolomei viri Alexandrini Cosmographie liber primus incipit


Library of Congress
G1005 1482, Incun. 1482 .P8

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