APIANUS, Petrus (1495-1552) and Bartholomeus AMANTIUS. Inscriptiones sacrosanctae vetustatis non illae quidem Romanae, sed totius fere orbis summo studio... conquistae. Ingolstadt: Petrus Apianus, 1534. 2° (313 x 204 mm). Title printed in red and black with a large emblematic woodcut by Hans Brosmaer after Dürer, printer's device on final leaf, woodcut arms of Raimund Fugger by M. Ostendorfer, 7 large initials with astronomical and mathematical subjects by Brosamer, approximately 180 woodcut illustrations, most leaves with elaborate decorative woodcut borders. (First gathering including title tipped in onto front endpaper but cords still attached to binding, a few leaves with light marginal water-staining.) Contemporary panelled calf over wooden boards, panels with roll-tool borders, foliate and floral motifs within triple fillet, edges of corners with brass (rebacked with old leather, lacking clasps, corners rubbed, some rubbing and scuffing, endpapers renewed).
CLEAN COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. A well-produced work from the press of Apianus, who is best known as a mathematician and geographer. Commissioned by the banker Raimund Fugger, the work gathered the most interesting inscriptions from all over Europe, the majority of which were in Fugger's own collection. The text is based on the earlier studies of Peutinger, Pirckheimer and others. The woodcut borders are composed from 22 different horizontal and 18 different vertical cuts, some by Hans Brosamer, the others probably produced by Georg Apianus. Adams A-1291; BMC/STC German, p. 37; Brunet I,342; Cicognara 3095; Graesse I, 519; VD online 16 A 3086.