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Bod-Inc: P-528

Ptolemaeus Alexandrinus, Claudius

Geographia (trans. Jacobus Angeli).


Analysis of Content

a1r Nicolaus Germanus: [Preface addressed to] Paulus II, Pont. Max. Incipit: ‘[N]on me fugit, beatissime pater. Cumque summo ingenio . . .’

a2r Ptolemaeus Alexandrinus, Claudius: Geographia. ‘Claudii Ptholomei uiri Alexandrini cosmographiae'. Translated from the Greek by Jacobus Angeli. See Firenze e la scoperta, 221-2 no. 107.

First sheet: 32 woodcut maps, including the ‘modern' maps. All the maps were prepared by Nicolaus Germanus; the world map is signed by Johannes Schnitzer of Armssheim. See Firenze e la scoperta, 222 no. 107. Concerning the transmission of the maps, see Die Ulmer Geographia, 19-34. Concerning Nicolaus Germanus, see E. Lynam, The First Engraved Atlas of the World (Jenkintown, Pa., 1941), 7; see also I. Babicz, ‘Nicolaus Germanus: Probleme seiner Biographie und sein Platz in der Rezeption der ptolomäischen Geographie', Wolfenbüttler Forschungen, 7 (1980), 9-42, at 18-21 on the transmission of his maps.


Imprint: Ulm: Lienhart Holle, 16 July 1482. Folio.


Collation: a10 b–g8 h10+1 + 64 leaves not forming part of gatherings.

Illustrations: Woodcut diagrams; 32 woodcut maps; woodcut initials.


ISTC: ip01084000

Hain: HC 13539; C 4976;

Goff: Goff P‑1084;

BMC: BMC II 538;

Proctor: Pr 2556;

Others: Amelung, Frühdruck, I 138; BSB‑Ink P‑859; Campbell, Maps, 179-210; CIBN P‑684; Die Ulmer Geographia, ed. Meine, CP3; Eames 66472; Rhodes 1480; Schramm VII p. 14; Schreiber V 5031; Sheppard 1860. Facsimile: Amsterdam, 1963.

LCN: 14064756, 14064823


Copy number: P-528(1)

Binding: Eighteenth-/nineteenth-century half calf; with the spine gold-tooled; red-edged leaves; a green silk bookmark. Remains of an index tab on b2v.

Size: 425 × 301 × 41 mm.

Size of leaf: 416 × 276 mm.

Buntpapier pastedowns; another copy of f1 bound (verso first) between the front pastedown and the first endleaf.

Occasional marginal notes in a sixteenth-century German hand, providing section numbers for the text and extracting place names. Bibliographical notes in an eighteenth-/nineteenth-century German(?) hand on a1r, and in the same(?) hand on the second front endleaf.

Maps, initials, and borders painted in various colours; headings touched with coloured wash.

Provenance: Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); book-label; sale (1835), lot 3317. Purchased for £1. 1. 0; see Books Purchased (1835), 23.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 1.4.

Copy number: P-528(2)

The modern maps are bound at the end, except that of Italy, which is bound between the 6th and 7th of Europe. The explanatory text to maps 9 and 10 of Europe, 2 and 4 of Africa, 6 and 11 of Asia is from a different setting. The first leaf has been cut up and mounted, the last leaf backed.

Binding: Eighteenth-century mottled calf; the spine gold-tooled, with a gilt title on a red leather label; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; sprinkled red-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 432 × 301 × 42 mm.

Size of leaf: 422 × 284 mm.

The historiated woodcut initial painted, in a later century, in several colours; incomplete lower border of fleur-de-lis painted in green and pink.

Provenance: Thomas Thorpe (1791-1851); Catalogue, 18 May 1826, no. 1984. Purchased for £4. 6. 0; see Books Purchased (1826), 14.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. O inf. 2.7.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 1.3.

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