The Heber copy of the first Strassburg edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia; the first ‘modern’ atlas
By PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius; WALDESEEMULLER, Martin, 1513
Geographiae opus novissima traductione a Grecorum archetypis castigatissime pressum.
- Author: PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius; WALDESEEMULLER, Martin
- Publication place: Strassburg:
- Publisher: Johannes Schott, 12th March
- Publication date: 1513.
- Physical description: Folio (460 by 305mm.). Two parts in one volume, including the supplement of modern maps, with final blank, 3 woodcut diagrams in text, 47 woodcut maps, 45 double-page, the map of Lorraine printed in three colours, some light worming affecting most text leaves, mainly to the margins, a few small worm holes, affecting 30 of the maps, L4 with clean tear to lower margin, a few leaves slightly browned, seventeenth century French red morocco gilt, covers with triple gilt filet ruled borders, spine in seven compartments, lettered in two, others decorated with floral motifs (edges rubbed).
- Inventory reference: 1051
This geography includes many important maps; the first map devoted to America ‘the Terra Incognite’; Lorraine, one of the earliest colour printed maps; and for many other countries, the first published maps, notably the map of Switzerland, which is styled differently and probably adapted from a manuscript map by Konrad Türst c.1495. Waldseemüller’s maps made considerable geographical advances, basing his information on material in the University libraries in Basel and Strassburg, as well as reports on Spanish and Portuguese voyages. No better assemblage of maps was issued until Ortelius’ ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ of 1570. The long documented provenance of this example is particularly interesting: The first owner being a Latin teacher in Besançon, and more recently its acquisition by Heber from the London stock sale of the Paris booksellers Treuttel and Wurtz in June 12 1817. Richard Heber’s collection was one of the greatest of its type and was sold in 16 catalogues from 1834–1837 in London, Paris and Ghent.
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