Tabula Moderna Prime Partis Aphricae. Martin Waldseemuller.

Tabula Moderna Prime Partis Aphricae.

1525. Strasbourg, 1513.

16.25 x 22.25 inches. Framed map, uncolored; chip to top margin repaired, missing 2.5 letters of the title supplied in neat manuscript, frame lightly scuffed, very good. Not examined out of frame.

§ This map appeared in Waldseemüller’s 1513 edition of Ptolemy’s influential Geographia, printed by Waldsemüller’s friend and collaborator Johann Schott. It is likely that Waldseemüller, along with the scholar Matthias Ringmann, started working on the project as early as 1505, but the death of their patron, René II, in 1508 resulted in the closure of their press at St. Dié. Additionally, Ringmann died in 1511. Schott and Waldseemüller finally finished the project in 1513, publishing it with Schott in Strasbourg.

The 1513 edition marked an important shift in the history of cartography because it was the first printing of Ptolemy to incorporate tabulae novellae, or modern maps, in addition to the ancient, Ptolemaic version of geography. The 27 original Ptolemaic maps were accompanied by 20 modern maps, of which this is one. Item #124270

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