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Bod-Inc: P-526

Ptolemaeus Alexandrinus, Claudius

Geographia (trans. Jacobus Angeli, ed. Angelus Vadius and Barnabas Picardus Vicentinus).


Analysis of Content

aa2r Angeli [de Scarperia], Jacobus: [Letter addressed] to Alexander V, Pont. Max. Incipit:`[A]d tempora Claudii Ptolemae iuiri(!) Alexandrini . . .’

aa3r Ptolemaeus [Alexandrinus], Claudius: Geographia. ‘Ptolemaei Cosmographiae liber primus in quo differt Cosmographia a Chorographia'. Translated from the Greek by Jacobus Angeli. Edited by Angelus Vadius and Barnabas Picardus. Incipit: ‘[C]osmographia designatrix imitatio est totius cogniti orbis cum his quae fere uniuersaliter . . .’ See J. Fischer, Claudii Ptolemaei Geographiae Codex Urbinas graecus 82 (Leipzig, 1932), I (prodromus), 205-8; Firenze e la scoperta dell'America: Umanesimo e geografia nel ’400 Fiorentino, ed. Sebastiano Gentile (Florence, 1992), 99 no. 49. For Emanuel Chrysoloras' initiation of the translation c.1403; see R. Weiss, ‘Jacobo Angelo da Scarperia (c.1360-1410)', in Medioevo e Rinascimento: Studi in onore di Bruno Nardi (Florence, 1955), II 811, 819.

G5v Vadius, Angelus and Picardus, Barnabas: [Address to the reader]. Firenze e la scoperta, ed. Gentile, 99 no. 49.


Imprint: Vicenza: Hermannus Liechtenstein, 13 Sept. 1475. Folio.


Collation: aa10 bb6+1 a10 b–g8 h10 A–F8 G10.

Illustrations: Woodcut diagrams on bb5v, bb6v, and bb7v. There is no diagram at the beginning of Book VII; see Firenze e la scoperta, 99 no. 49.


ISTC: ip01081000

Hain: HC 13536;

Goff: Goff P‑1081;

BMC: BMC VII 1035;

Proctor: Pr 7139;

Others: BSB‑Ink P‑856; Eames 66469; Firenze e la scoperta, 99 no. 49; Rhodes 1478; Sander 5973; Sheppard 5900.

LCN: 14064804


Copy number: P-526(1)

Bound with:
2. Johannes Regiomontanus, Disputationes contra Cremonensia deliramenta. [Nuremberg: Johann Müller, of Königsberg (Regiomontanus), c.1475] (R‑038);
3. Georgius Purbachius, Theoricae novae planetarum. [Nuremberg: Johann Müller of Königsberg (Regiomontanus), c.1474] (P‑543).

Wanting the blank leaf aa1.

Binding: Eighteenth-century calf; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; the spine gold-tooled; red-edged leaves.

Size: 283 × 205 × 40 mm.

Size of leaf: 277 × 188 mm.

‘389' in ink on front pastedown.

A few numerical notes on the first diagram; book numbers in the upper right-hand corner of every leaf in a contemporary hand. Manuscript contents list by Gerard Meerman on aa2v.

Three- to six-line initials supplied in red.

Provenance: Gerard Meerman (1722-1771); acquired after 1747 (ex informatione Jos van Heel); manuscript catalogue (MMW S 145 IV), fol. 75v. Johan Meerman (1753-1815); inscription on aa2r: ‘Meerman Cat. vol. 3 no. 8.'; purchased at his sale, vol. III/1, p. 1, lot 8, for Fl. 100; see Books Purchased . . . at the Sale of M. Meerman, p. 20, with auction number on label at the head of the spine.

SHELFMARK: Auct. O 4.19(1).

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