Folio (12 x 8 2/8 inches). Woodcut printer's device on title-page and last leaf, LARGE WOODCUT FOLDING MAP (a bit spotted, one or two small holes at creases), woodcut illustrations in the text (early gatherings lightly browned, a few mostly marginal pale stains and one or two spots). Contemporary blindstamped pigskin over wooden bevelled boards, each panel decorated in panels with broad fillets of alternating roll tools of portraits of "Venus" and "Lucretia" with the date 1532, and a heads in medallion roll, filled in with tudor rose and thistle tools, spine in five compartments with four raised bands, with early paper library labels in two, brass clasps and catches (extremities scuffed with some minor loss); preserved in brown morocco backed slipcase and chemise.
Provenance: The near contemporary ownership inscriptions of Johannes Craesselius on the title-page, whose name appears in a copy of Rithaymer's "De orbis terrarum situ com- pendium" 1532, now at the University of Graz; manuscript library catalogue designation of the Society of Jesus, Graz dated August 1633 on the title-page; and a later inscription placing the book in their Mathematical library dated 1674 also on the title-page; Frank Sherwin Streeter (1918-2006), his sale, Christie's, Frank S. Streeter Library: Navigation, Pacific Voyages, Cartography, 16th April 2007, lot 273, $50,400
First edition, with the celebrated world map "Typus cosmographicus universalis", with an ANGEL AT EACH POLE WITH A CRANK TO TURN THE WORLD ON ITS AXIS which at the time of the first edition was a visual representation of Copernican theory predating by 11 years publication of his "De revolutionibus orbium coelestium" , the issue with "Asia" printed in large letters and "Tropicus Capricorni" printed above the tropical line. Shirley attributes the cartography of this map to Münster and the border decoration to Holbein, who was working with several Basel publishers at the time. It is of particular interest especially for its "richness of artistic decoration" (Shirley).
The work contains accounts of the voyages of Cadamosto, the three voyages of Columbus, Nino, Pinzon, Vespucius, Cabral, and part of the Fourth Decade of Peter Martyr, "also many other pieces which do not relate to America" (Sabin). Begining with Madrignano's latin version of the "Paesi novamente retrovati", and followed by ten accounts, all of which had been previously published except the second, they include Vespucci's letter to Piero Soderinin Gonfalonier of Florence, recording his four voyages which was first published in 1507 as an appendix to Waldseemuller's "Cosmographiae Introductio"; the first publication of a letter from King Manuel of Portugal to Leo X relating the conquest of Malacca and the relief of Goa by Albuquerque; Madrignano's Latin translation of the "Itinerario" of Ludovico di Varthema, printed Rome 1510; Brocardus's description of the Holy Land; the travels of Marco Polo; the travels of Hayton the Armenian; a description of Russia by Matthias of Miechow first published in Cracow in 1517; another description of Russia by Paolo Giovio, first published in Rome 1525; Peter the Martyr's Fourth Decade, fist published in Basel in 1521; and an account of the antiquities of Prussia by Erasmuns Stella, also Basel 1510 (Modern Language Review, volume II, 1907). Adams G-1334: Sabin 34100; Shirley 67 (world map). Catalogued by Kate Hunter