APIANUS, PETRUS. 1495-1552.
Cosmographicus liber iam denuo integritati vestitutus per Gemmam Phrysium. Antwerp: Gregorius Bontius, . A-P4 Q6. Woodcut illustrations throughout, several full-page, 4 leaves with woodcut volvelles, separately printed woodcut nocturnal components pasted onto O3r as issued. 4to (210 x 150 mm). Modern black calf. A few very light water stains, final leaf with blank corner torn away, one volvelle probably lacking one or two elements.
The first edition of Apianus' Cosmographicus appeared in 1524, covering astronomy, cartography, and navigation. The text is lavishly illustrated with woodcuts including the phases of the Moon, the star signs, globes and armillary spheres. In a chapter on America, the author mentions Amerigo Vespucci, explains that the "island" was discovered in 1497, and describes the native inhabitants. "America" is also the name given to the western hemisphere in the volvelle map. In this edition appears Gemma Frisius' treatise on topographical triangulation. Sabin 1742.