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Cosmographie [Sic] Introductio: Cum Quibusdam Geometri[a]e Ac Astronomi[a]e Principijs Ad Eam Rem Necessarijs. Insuper Quattuor Americi Vespucij Nauigationes

Uniuersalis cosmographi[a]e descriptio tam in solido q[uam] plano eis etiam insertis qu[a]e Ptholom[a]eo ignota a nuperis reperta sunt. Cum deus astra regat & terr[a]e climata C[a]esar Nec tellus nec eis sydera maius habent
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Pressit apud Argentoracos [i.e. Strassburg] : Hoc opus ingeniosus vir Joannes Grüniger, anno post natu[m] saluatore[m] supra sesquimillesimu[m] nono. Joanne Adelpho Mulicho Argentinen[sem] castigatore. [1509]
Variant Title
Cosmographie introductio
Cosmographiae introductio
Related Title
Quattuor Americi Vespucij nauigationes.
[64] pages, [1] folded leaf of plates : ill. (woodcut) ; 21 cm (4to)
  • Designed to accompany Waldseemüller's globe and wall map of the world, on which the New World is called America; "America" is suggested as the name for the New World on C3 verso.
  • Imprint from colophon.
  • Folding plate of a terrestrial globe, with 14 lines of explanatory text beginning: propositu[m] situ[m] est hoc libello quanda[m] Cosmographiae introductione[m] scribere."
  • Suggestion to name the new continent in honor of Amerigo Vespucci on p. [22].
  • With verses by Philesius Volesigenav [i.e. Matthias Ringmann] on verso of title page; dedication by Martinus Ilacomilus [i.e. Waldseemüller] on p. [3].
  • "Quattuor Americi vesputij Nauigationes": pages [29-63].
  • Signatures: A-B⁴ C⁶ D⁴ E⁶ F⁸ (F8 verso blank).
  • Printed in black letter; decorative initials, and printed marginalia.
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Bound in full leather (possibly morocco); gilt lettered and decorated spine. Gilt tooled triple-rule borders on covers. Ornate gilt inside borders. Marbled endpapers. Tracy W. McGregor Library, American History Collection. This copy recataloged through a generous grant from the McGregor Fund.
Cited in
Church, E.D. Catalogue of books relating to the discovery and early history of North and South America, entry 32
European Americana, entry 509/13
Harrisse, H. Bibliotheca americana vetustissima, entry 60
Medina, J.T. Biblioteca hispano-americana (1493-1810), entry 45
Moraes, R.B. de. Bibliographia brasiliana, vol. 2, p. 367-368
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, entry 101022
Verzeichnis der im deutschen Sprachbereich erschienenen Drucke des XVI. Jahrhunderts, entry W 1159
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