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Bod-Inc: P-529

Ptolemaeus Alexandrinus, Claudius

Geographia (trans. Jacobus Angeli), et al.


Analysis of Content

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

a2r [Table.]

a2v Ptolemaeus Alexandrinus, Claudius: Geographia. ‘Claudii Ptholomei uiri Alexandrini cosmographiae'.’ Translated from the Greek by Jacobus Angeli. Incipit: ‘[C]osmographia designatrix imitatio est totius cogniti orbis cum his quae fere uniuersaliter . . .’ See Firenze e la scoperta, 222-4 no. 108.

A1r [Reger, Johannes: Note on the Registrum.] Incipit: ‘Nota ad inueniendum igitur regiones . . .’

A2r Reger, Johannes: ‘Registrum alphabeticum super octo libros Ptolomei'.’ Incipit: ‘[A]lbion insula nunc uero Anglia dicitur . . .’ On B5v: ‘Chemmat siue chetaori . . . Hic Iohannes Reger duxit originem. Et anno etatis sue 32 composuit hoc registrum in Ulma anno domini 1486'; see BMC and Firenze e la scoperta, 223 no. 108.

2a1v [Index to the De locis.] ‘Registrum super tractatum de tribus orbis partibus'.

2a1v ‘De locis ac mirabilibus mundi et primo de tribus orbis partibus actor.’ Incipit: ‘[Q]uoniam ut ait Augustinus deus in commutabili eternitate uiuens . . .’


Imprint: Ulm: Johann Reger, for Justus de Albano, 21 July 1486. Folio.


Collation: a10 b–i8 A B8 C10 D E8 2a–c8 + 64 leaves not forming part of gatherings.

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


ISTC: ip01085000

Hain: HC 13540;

Goff: Goff P‑1085;

BMC: BMC II 540;

Proctor: Pr 2580;

Others: Amelung, Frühdruck, I 145; BSB‑Ink P‑860; Campbell, Maps, 179-210; Eames 66473; Rhodes 1481; Schramm VII p. 14; Schreiber V 5032; Sheppard 1863-5. Microfiche: Unit 3: Image of the World: Geography and Cosmography.

LCN: 14064733, 14064777


Copy number: P-529(1)

The first and last leaves backed. Bound in the following order: (1) ‘registrum super octo libros Ptolemaei'; (2) text; (3) maps; (4) ‘tractatus de locis ac mirabilibus mundi'.

Binding: Seventeenth-century(?) parchment; manuscript title at the head of the spine; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers; turquoise-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns; a green silk bookmark.

Size: 412 × 296 × 50 mm.

Size of leaf: 410 × 280 mm.

Maps and woodcut initials painted in several colours.

Provenance: On recto of second front endleaf: ‘1830'. Purchased from Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Catalogue (1830), no. 2996, for £2. 2. 0; see Books Purchased (1830), 19.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: Auct. O inf. 2.8.

SHELFMARK: Auct. P 1.5.

Copy number: P-529(2)

For this copy see Continental Shelf, no. 3. The sheets containing the maps belong to Lienhart Holle's Ulm 1482 edition; see the colophon on the verso of the last leaf; on the first map is the name of the man who cut the block from which it was printed: ‘Johannes Schnitzer [woodcutter] de Armsheim'. The explanatory text to maps 9 and 10 of Europe, 2 of Africa, 6 and 11 of Asia, is from the same setting as P‑528(2); that for map 4 of Africa as P‑528(1); that for maps 3 and 5 of Europe, 1 of Africa, 3 and 5 of Asia differs from both. The works in this copy are bound in the same order as P‑529(1).

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf over original wooden boards; yellow-edged leaves; manuscript title along the lower edge.

Size: 440 × 308 × 68 mm.

Size of leaf: 420 × 285 mm.

A few marginal notes in a sixteenth-century(?) hand, providing pointing hands and corrections to the text.

The maps and the initials and borders of the explanatory notes are painted in various colours.

Provenance: Francesco Capello (1460-1513); see rear pastedown: his emblazoned coat of arms, a shield suspended from the neck of a double-headed eagle, party per fess, argent and azure, a hat counterchanged charged with a fleur de lis, or, stringed, gules; on the front pastedown the emblazoned arms of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, with their emblems and mottoes, with escutcheon en surtout bearing the arms of Capello; inscribed beneath: ‘Regum insignia: oratoribus tradita Burgis xxv augustij 1495.' ‘1613 | Donatomi in Venetia con molti altri da una gentildonna I. L. | M. M. D2’. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.


SHELFMARK: Arch. B b.19.

Copy number: P-529(3)

Not in Sheppard. Bound in the following order: maps (Campbell numbering) 179–181, 208; text; maps 182, 207, 183, 209, 184, 185, 206, 186–205; ‘Registrum super octo libros Ptolemaei'; ‘Tractatus de locis ac mirabilibus mundi'.

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf over pasteboards; rebacked; gilt-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns.

Size: 420 × 308 × 52 mm.

Size of leaf: 408 × 283 mm.

A note in a sixteenth-century German hand on map 206, beginning ‘Anno salutis 1497 in diebus maij uenit quidam curialis homo doctus in rebus aquilonis. Natus ex regno Schwecie ex terra Finlandiae. Magnus cosmographus in regione septentrionali, qui mihi inter cetera iurauit quod in Finlandia in ciuitate Ussalia habent diem longissimum 20 horarum ita quod 20 horis habens solem super orizontem et est terra fertilis uinetarum, armentorum, pascuae et frumenti et ut plurimum dum seminant frumentum in quarto mense metunt et qui locus? in aestate sit satis calidus pro ferendis fructibus et . . . Schweki . . .' Novgorod mentioned in this note and in a note in the map.

On a1r the woodcut initial ‘N' is coloured in blue; the figures in green, black, red, and pink; the border in gold. Southern German decoration in the borders: a green stem on the inside margin, with foliate and floral decoration in the lower margin, in red, blue, green, and violet, including gold dotting. The maps, woodcut initials, and borders are painted in various colours. In the Registrum the woodcut initials are painted in various colours, with paragraph marks supplied in red ink. The woodcut initial in the Tractatus is painted; other initials, paragraph marks, and underlining supplied in red ink.

Provenance: On a1r: ‘Joannis Fulv (/Fuk?) [ ] Ingol(stadiensis) [ ] B [ ]' in a seventeenth-century hand. ‘Rupia Conway' (a relation of the following?); Frederick William Conway (1787-1853); on the front turn-in: ‘Bibliotheca Conoviana' stamped in gilt. Michael Tomkinson (1841-1921); armorial book-plate with ‘A a 9' pencilled in. Miriam Robinette Tomkinson (1916-1986); book-plate. Presented by M. R. Tomkinson, through the Friends of the Bodleian, in 1979; see ledger (1978/9), no. 1002.

SHELFMARK: Inc. b. G10.1486.1.

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