PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (after 83 - ca 168 AD). Liber Geographiae Cum Tabulis et Universali Figura et Cum Additione Locorum Quae a Recentioribus Reperta Sunt Diligenti Cura Emendatus et Impressus. [Venice:] [Jacobius Pentius de Leucho], 1511.
Folio (16 3/8 x 11 inches).Title-page printed in red, text printed in red and black. 28 woodcut double-page engraved maps follow the text with the names of places in red (some light staining to inner gutter and outer corners, map 1 and 7 - Prima and Sexta Europe - shaved with some loss to lower degree borders, cordiform world map shaved at upper and lower margins affecting clouds and lettering at lower windhead, with a few small wormholes at centrefold and outer corners, the map apparently supplied from another copy at an early date). 18th-century vellum over paste-board (rebacked, lower cover torn without loss).
Provenance: Contemporary annotations in Latin; purchased at Sotheby's 8th May, 2002, lot 203
The first Venetian edition of Ptolemy's Geography is a cartographical advancement of primary importance, being the first example of two color printing in western cartography, the first atlas to contain a cartographical representation of Japan, and only the second edition of the "Geography" to show the New World.
The 1511 Ptolemy is unique among Italian editions, as it was printed with woodcuts, with the place names printed from type inserted into the block. A landmark edition of the "Geography", which broke new ground under the august editorship of Bernardus Sylvanus. The bold Sylvanus was unafraid to make changes and modernize the overarching work of Ptolemy, breaking new ground for his successors. The final map of the volume, that of the modern world, is the first known cordiform map.This copy is also significant because there are several annotations in a contemporary hand in Latin, with some manuscript place names added to the French and Italian maps, a prior owner having carried on in the spirit of Sylvanus. A beautiful copy of rare, landmark edition of Ptolemy. Stevens, Ptolemy 73. Shirley, 31; Sabin 66477; Wolff, America, 79; Nordenskold Collection 2, 204; Sander 5979; Adams P2218; Kish, The Cosmographic Heart, Imago Mundi 19, p. 13ff. Catalogued by Kate Hunter