PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (after 83 - ca 168 AD) - Girolamo RUSCELLI (1500 - 1566). La Geografia. Translated from Greek into Italian by Geronimo Ruscelli. Venice: Heirs of Melchior Sessa, 1599.

$ 11,500.00

PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (c.100-170). Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino, Tradotta di Greco nell'Idioma Volgare Italiano, da Girolamo Ruscelli, et hora nuovamente ampliata da Gioseffo Rosaccio. Venice: Heirs of Melchior Sessa, 1599.

2 parts in one volume. 4to., (9 5/8 x 6 6/8 inches). Woodcut device on general title-page (lower right-hand corner renewed) and sectional title-page for Espositioni et Introdottioni Universali di Ieronimo Ruscelli. 69 double-page engraved maps after Giacomo Gastaldi and others, including 27 maps of the Ancient World, and 42 maps of the Modern World, woodcut diagrams in the text, including some full-page, woodcut initials. 18th-century half calf, marbled paper boards (head and foot of the spine strengthened, worn).

Provenance: with the near contemporary ownership inscription of Gio. Batta. MareSisi on the title-page; with the woodcut armorial library label of Ludovico Amorini Bolognini on the front paste-down

Fourth revised and enlarged edition of Ruscelli's translation of Ptolemy, edited by Giuseppe Rosaccio, the second issue with the title-page dated 1598. With SIX ENTIRELY NEW MAPS, including Rosaccio's double-hemisphere world map (Shirley 217), and "America", being a second edition of Giovanni's Botero's scarce map of the Western Hemisphere, with a line visible around the continent, based on the work of Giovanni Lorenzo d'Anania published in Venice in 1582 (Burden 54), and Ortelius' map of America, and shows an unknown Southern continent attached to New Guinea.  The other maps are reprinted from the earlier Ruscelli editions of 1561, 1562, 1564 and 1574, by Giulio and Livio Sanuto of Gastaldi's maps first published in Venice in 1548, with the addition of decorative motifs and new discoveries. Adams P-2237; Sabin 66507. Catalogued by Kate Hunter