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Prima Europe Tabula

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Prima Europe Tabula : Cl. Ptolemy / N. Germanus

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The second-ever printed map of the British Isles, based on the manuscripts of Nicholas Germanus, from the "Rome Ptolemy" atlas. In 1478, one year after the first printed version of Ptolemy's "Geographia" was published with maps in Bologna, a new set of maps were prepared by Nicolas Germanus. Published, in Rome, by Domitius Caldernius and printed by Conrad Schweynheym the work was continued, after their deaths, by Arnold Buckinck with subsequent editions of 1490, which we believe this example to be, 1507 and 1508. The British Isles appear on the typical Ptolemaic trapezoid projection with elongated east-slanting Scotland and extended Cornwall. This map, printed on thin paper has been laid on archival paper for protection but remains but a good example of a rare, important and desirable map. The earlier 1477 publication of Berlinghieri is now almost unobtainable and this map is, as such, the first available map of the British Isles, which in Ptolemy's time was considered the edge of the known world.
mapmakers: Cl. Ptolemy   N. Germanus
place and date of publication: Rome 1478 - 1490
medium and colour: Copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 330 by 475mm (13 by 18.75 inches).
ref: 34701
literature: Shirley, The Early Printed Maps Of The British Isles, 2 (6).

Price: £ 8500

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