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Claudii Ptolemei viri Alexandrini mathematic[ae] disciplin[ae] philosophi doctissimi Geographi[ae] opus nouissima traductione e Gr[ae]corum archetypis castigatissime pressum, c[ae]teris ante lucubratorum multo pr[ae]stantius

Ptolemy,
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Online; Book; EBook; Map
Description
[2], 5-60, [14] leaves, [53] leaves of plates; [1] leaf, [39] leaves of plates, [15] leaves : ill., maps (woodcuts) ; 45 cm. (fol.)
Variant title
Claudii Ptolemei viri Alexandrini mathematice discipline philosophi doctissimi
Geographie opus nouissima traductione e Grecorum archtypis castigatissime pressum, ceteris ante lucubratorum multo prestantius
Geographie opus novissima traductione e Grecorum archetypis castigatissime pressum, ceteris ante lucubratorum multo prestantius
Geographi[ae] opus nouissima traductione e Gr[ae]corum archtypis castigatissime pressum, c[ae]teris ante lucubratorum multo pr[ae]stantius
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[Strasbourg] : Pressus hic Ptolem[a]eus Argentin[a]e vigilantissima castigatione/industrai[que] Ioannis Schotti urbis indigen[ae], anno Christi Opt. Max. MDXIII Marcii XII . [12 Mar. 1513]
Contents
  • From t. p.: Pro prima parte continens 1. Cl. Ptolem[ae]i Geographiam per octo libros partitam/ad antiquitat[ae] suam/integre & sine ulla corruptione. 2. Una cum collatione dictionum gr[ae]carum e regione ad latinas certissima graduum calculatione. 3. Registrationem item nouam regionum/praefecturarum/ciuitatum/fluminum/marium/lacuum/portuum/siluarum/oppidorum/villarum ac gentium/ad ordinem chartarum & columnarum singula certissimo monstrans indice. 4. Qua[m] breuis & doctissima Gregorij Lilij subsequitur instructio de Gr[ae]co[rum] numerali supputatione/in traductione gr[ae]ca res scitu aurea. 5. Tabularum dein auctoris vigintiseptem ordo hic est generale orbis iuxta descriptione[m] Ptolem[ae]i una, Europ[ae] tabul[ae] decem. Aphric[ae] tabul[ae] quattuor, Asi[ae] tabul[ae] duodecim, est & una corporis spherici in plano iuxta fine[m] 7.li
  • Pars secunda moderniorum lustratonum viginti tabulis/veluti supplementum quoddam antiquitatis obsolet[ae]/suo loco qu[ae] vel abstrusa/vel erronea videbantur resolutissime pandit
  • Adnexo ad finem tractatu sicuti lectu iucundissimo/ita & utilissimo de varijs moribus & ritibus gentium, eordundem [que] ac localium nominu[m] originibus
  • Breuis continentia libri. Oppida/regna/lacus/montes/ & [ae]quora/siluas/ac hominum mores hic Ptolemeus habet
Notes
Imprint from colophon (N6 verso); date precedes printer statement.
Part II (Supplement) has special title page: In Claudii Ptolemei Supplementum : modernior lustratio terr[ae] marisq[ue] singula positio[n]ibus certissimis regulatius tradens ad s[ae]culi nostri peragratio[n]es. Pars. secunda ... [list of 20 maps] ...
"This edition was commenced by ... Martin Waltzemüller ... about the year 1505 ... Mathias Ringmann ... was also employed on the work. The modern maps were prepared by Waltzemüller, and most of them--perhaps all--engraved as early as 1507. The completion of the text, however, was delayed; and in 1508 all of the material passed into the hands of Jacobus Eszler and Georgius Ubelin ... who edited and finally published the work in 1513"--Sabin.
47 maps, 45 are double maps and 2 are single maps; the last map is printed in three colors.
The first two of the modern maps have interest as Americana. "The first ... includes an outline of the northeastern part of the South American continent ... the islands Isabella and Spagnola, and another fragmentary coast line ... The other ('Tabvla Terre Nove') is one of the earliest printed maps devoted entirely to the new world."--Sabin.
Signatures: [A]² B-L⁶ M⁴ N⁶ a⁶ b⁴ c⁶. (C2 missigned as C3)
Printed in double columns; L2 verso to N6 recto in three columns; printed marginalia.
Includes index.
Cited in
Adams, H.M. Catalogue of books printed on the continent of Europe 1501-1600, in Cambridge libraries, entry P2219
Bibliotheca Americana: catalogue of the John Carter Brown Library in Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, pre-1675, vol. 1, p. 57
Collection of the late hon. John Boyd Thacher of Albany, N.Y. Americana, II, p. 38
European Americana, entry 513/6
Harrisse, H. Bibliotheca americana vetustissima, entry 74
Library of Congress. Lessing J. Rosenwald collection, entry 624
Phillips, P.L. List of Geographical atlases in the Library of Congress, entry 359
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, entry 66478
Shirley, R.W. Mapping the World, entry 34-35
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Bound in full contemporary dark brown calf over wooden boards; recent repairs. 16th century French? binding. The covers are blind tooled in a multiple panel design. Outermost panel empty, inner panels are filled with stamped decorations; two words (indistinct) blind-stamped at top. The spine is in 7 panels divided by raised bands. All maps have contemporary hand coloring. Tracy W. McGregor Library, American History Collection. This copy recataloged and digitized through a generous grant from the McGregor Fund.
Language
Jacopo d'Angelo's Latin translation from the Greek of Ptolemy's Geographia; revised by Matthias Ringmann; edited by Jacob Essler and Georg Uebelin.
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