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Publisher: PTOLEMEE, C. / FRIES, L.
Title: Typus orbis descriptione Ptolemaei.
Published in: Vienne, (1522) 1541
Size: 11.8 x 18.3 inches.
30.0 x 46.5 cm.

Condition: Wide margins. Little wormhole in top centre and at bottom left a minuscule piece of paper missing (both far from map image). A small printers crease (hardly noticeable). Otherwise in good condition. Watermark: bunch of grapes. Verso: blank.
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A finely coloured example of this early16th Century map of the World according to the ancients, surrounded by 12 wind heads representing the various wind directions.
The Waldseemüller Ptolemaic map of 1513 has been redrawn and reduced in size by Laurent Fries, a geographer and physician. For the first time published in his Geographia in 1522.
Written about AD 150, Ptolemy's 'Geographia' laid out the basic principles of scientific geography and mapmaking. When the book was rediscovered by scholars in the Latin world at the start of the Renaissance, it was adopted as the ultimate authority on making maps of the world and its regions.
The features of Ptolemy's maps - such as their orientation with north at the top, and their use of latitude and longitude coordinates became the standard hallmarks of modern Western cartography. For this reason, Ptolemy has been called the "Father of Geography." (Shirley). ¤
Reference: Shirley #47; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #211-27.

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