PTOLEMAEUS (CLAUDIUS) Cosmographia [translated from Greek into Latin by Jacobus Angelus; edited by Nicolaus Germanus], Ulm, Johann Reger for Justus de Albano, 21 July 1486
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PTOLEMAEUS (CLAUDIUS)
Cosmographia [translated from Greek into Latin by Jacobus Angelus; edited by Nicolaus Germanus], Ulm, Johann Reger for Justus de Albano, 21 July 1486
Sold for £131,000 (US$ 175,244) inc. premium

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PTOLEMAEUS (CLAUDIUS) Cosmographia [translated from Greek into Latin by Jacobus Angelus; edited by Nicolaus Germanus], Ulm, Johann Reger for Justus de Albano, 21 July 1486 PTOLEMAEUS (CLAUDIUS) Cosmographia [translated from Greek into Latin by Jacobus Angelus; edited by Nicolaus Germanus], Ulm, Johann Reger for Justus de Albano, 21 July 1486
PTOLEMAEUS (CLAUDIUS)
Cosmographia [translated from Greek into Latin by Jacobus Angelus; edited by Nicolaus Germanus], 74 of 140 leaves, comprising the complete series of 32 WOODCUT MAPS (all but one double-page) with contemporary hand-colouring, the dedication to Pope Paul II, and Ptolemy's complete text, but without the alphabetical 'Registrum' by Reger or 'De locis ac mirabilibus mundi', double column, 44 lines and headline, Gothic letter, 4 hand-coloured woodcut diagrams in the text, 2 large historiated initials and 116 other woodcut initials, text with a few smudges and occasional light waterstaining at fore-edge, maps trimmed with frequent losses of side-notes and headlines, and occasional cropping of borders, some repaired wormholes at centrefolds, one map with 2 stains, blindstamped pigskin by Hedberg of Stockholm [BMC II 540; Goff P1084; HC *13540; ISTC ip01085000], folio (395 x 270mm.), Ulm, Johann Reger for Justus de Albano, 21 July 1486

Footnotes

  • THE SECOND ULM EDITION OF PTOLEMY, following that of 1482 which was the first atlas with woodcut maps and the first to be printed outside Italy.

    The splendid maps are struck from the same blocks as the 1482 edition, with new woodcut headings in the margins, and comprise: a world map (the first printed cartographical representation of Greenland, Iceland and the north Atlantic, and the first printed map to be signed), fourteen maps of Europe (including the first printed map of Scandinavia), four of Africa, and thirteen of Asia.

    Provenance: Sixteenth or seventeenth century ink marginalia; Per Hierta (1864-1924), Swedish bibliophile who donated a large collection to the Royal Library in Stockholm, inscriptions in his hand on flyleaves, one dated 1915 ("The first printed map of Scandinavia should be a cornerstone of the Swedish library"); his sale, Björck & Börjesson, 26 October-30 November 1932, lot 1594, purchased by the grandfather of the present owner.
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