7 December 2015
WALDSEEMÜLLER, Martin (1470-1518) and Laurent FRIES (1508-1555). Tabula orbis cum descrptione ventorum. Vienna, dated 1522 [but 1541].
Woodcut world map, image 315 x 475 mm (383 x 486 mm sheet) directional lines criss-cross the surface, border of banners containing the names of the winds linked by looped coils of rope. (Some repairs on verso of fold, discreetly remargined at left and right.)
From Laurent Fries’ edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia. “The majority of the maps… were reduced copies from the corresponding maps in Waldseemüller’s 1513 edition. The first of the two modern world maps in the atlas is however Fries’ own rendering which is dated 1522 and is initialed “L.F.” Shirley 48.
WALDSEEMÜLLER, Martin (1470-1518) and Lorenz FRIES (1508-1555). Tabula nova totius orbis. Vienna, 1541.
Woodcut world map, image 285 x 455 mm (353 x 470 mm sheet), vignettes show the kings of Russia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Taprobana and Mursuli, and in the upper left corner near Greenland is a vignette of an elephant. (Some darkening, a few repairs along edges, with some minor chipping affecting border in the left.)
The second modern world map in Fries's Ptolemaic atlas. A reduced version of the corresponding map in Waldseemüller's atlas of 1513, it shows only parts of the Americas at the very west of the map. “One of the earliest world maps available to a collector, and an unsophisticated but attractive rendering of what was generally known of the world at that time” (Shirley 49).
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