• 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 36

    PTOLEMY (Claudius Ptolemaeus). La geografia. Et con un Discorso di M. Gioseppe Moleto, dove si dichiarano tutti i termini appartenenti alla Geografia. Translated from Greek into Italian by Girolamo Ruscelli (c. 1504-1566), edited by Giovanni Malombra. Venice: Giordano Ziletti, 1573-74.

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    PTOLEMY (Claudius Ptolemaeus). La geografia. Et con un Discorso di M. Gioseppe Moleto, dove si dichiarano tutti i termini appartenenti alla Geografia. Translated from Greek into Italian by Girolamo Ruscelli (c. 1504-1566), edited by Giovanni Malombra. Venice: Giordano Ziletti, 1573-74.

    4o (225 x 160 mm), 3 parts in one volume. Collation: *-**4 A-H4 (preliminaries and index), 2A-Z Aa-Xx4 (text), 3A-Z 2Aa-Dd2 (Ptolemaean maps), +2 4A-Z 3Aa-Oo2 (modern maps); \Ka\k-\Kh\k4 (Ruscelli's expositions); 5A-H4 (Moleto's work). Roman and italic types. Woodcut of Ptolemy observing the stars, woodcut diagrams (several full-page). 64 FULL-SHEET ENGRAVED MAPS, of which 27 Ptolemaean and 37 modern (including the WORLD, MIDDLE EAST, INDIA, CHINA, NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA, BRAZIL, CUBA, AND A NAVIGATIONAL CHART OF THE WORLD). (Some occasional browning.) Contemporary Italian limp vellum. Provenance: Princes of Liechtenstein (bookplate), whose collection was sold en-bloc in 1949 to - H.P. Kraus (cat. 59, 1951, no. 33) - Lathrop Harper (bookseller's code); anonymous owner (Sotheby Parke Bernet, 30 October 1981, lot 25).

    Third edition of Ruscelli's Ptolemy, FIRST EDITION with Malombra's corrections, and the second issue of the FIRST EDITION of Moleto's treatise on geographical terms, with detailed material on map making. Occasional browning, otherwise a FINE COPY. Adams P-2236; Alden & Landis 574/46; Sabin 66505.


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