• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 34

    PTOLEMY (Claudius Ptolemaeus). Geographiae opus novissima traductione e Grecorum archetypis castigatissime pressum. Translated from the Greek into Latin by Mathias Ringmann. Strassburg: Johannes Schott, 12 March 1513.

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    PTOLEMY (Claudius Ptolemaeus). Geographiae opus novissima traductione e Grecorum archetypis castigatissime pressum. Translated from the Greek into Latin by Mathias Ringmann. Strassburg: Johannes Schott, 12 March 1513.

    2 parts in one volume, Imperial 2o (456 x 320 mm). Collation: [A]2 (preliminaries and index) B-L6 M4 N6 (text), [1-272 (Ptolemaean maps); 28-462 47/1 (supplementum... pars secunda=modern maps)] a6 b4 c6 (Locorum ac mirabilium de locis a mirabilibus mundi). 181 leaves. Roman and Greek type, 2 and 3 columns. 47 WOODCUT MAPS BY MARTIN WALDSEEMÜLLER (all but 2 double-page), the last map (Lothraringia) printed in three colors, 4 woodcut diagrams in text, one full-page woodcut of an armillary sphere on K1v. (Some light browning and occasional marginal staining, maps mounted on vellum guards, blank corner of A2 renewed, 6 maps ["Europ sexta Italiae", "Septima Europe", "Octava- Nona- Decima- Undecima- Asia" tabula] with light worming to inner margins along folds, 2 tiny worm holes to 3 maps ["Quinta- Sexta- Septima- Asia"], "Septima Asia" with neatly repaired tear affecting image, early ink marginalia to "Aphricae," last 15 text leaves with minor marginal worming, a few short tears repaired or corners renewed.) 18th-century Italian vellum.

    THE FIRST MODERN ATLAS, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EDITIONS OF PTOLEMY, CONTAINING THE FIRST MAP EXCLUSIVELY DEVOTED TO AMERICA, AND MANY NEW REGIONAL MAPS

    THE FIRST STRASSBURG EDITION OF PTOLEMY'S 'GEOGRAPHIA' -- THE FIRST "MODERN" ATLAS. This edition is one of the most important of all the Ptolemy editions with the inclusion of 20 modern maps in the supplement. The 27 maps of ancient geography which constitute the first part of the work are copied from the 1482 Ulm edition. The supplement of 20 maps represent the first series of "modern" maps, produced by Martin Waldseemüller at Saint-Dié. The new Latin translation of the text by Mathias Ringmann is based on d'Angelo's text, and was edited by Jacob Aeschler and Georg Uebelin.

    This geography includes many important maps: THE FIRST MAP EXCLUSIVELY DEVOTED TO AMERICA ("Tabula terre nove"); Lorraine, one of the earliest color printed maps; and the first published maps for many other countries. Waldseemüller's maps made considerable geographical advances, basing their information on material in the University libraries in Basel and Strasbourg, as well as reports of Spanish and Portuguese voyages. No better assemblage of maps was issued until Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of 1570. Adams P-2219; Alden & Landis 513/6; Fairfax Murray German 348 and 348A; Nordenskiold 205 (incomplete); Phillips Atlases 359; Sabin 66478; Shirley 34; World Encompassed 56.


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