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[Atlas of the classical world in two parts: 'Theatrum Geographiae Veteris, duobus Tomis Distinctum, edente Petro Bertio ...']

PTOLEMY Claudius.; MERCATOR Gerard.; BERTIUS Petrus (1618-1619)

£12500.00 

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Folio; two parts in one volume, lacking the general title. Part 1: 'Theatri Geographiae Veteris Tomus Prior in quo Cl. Ptol Alexandrini Geographiae libri VIII ...', engraved title-page, twenty-eight maps, twenty-seven double-page, Ptolemy's text in parallel Latin and Greek, followed by Mercator's 'Annotationes' in Latin with full-page engraved portrait of Mercator; Part 2: lacking the engraved title and portrait of Bertius (the latter as often); four double-page map sheets bearing the Tabulae Peutingerianae of Abraham Ortelius and the folding map titled Scheda Prior, with accompanying text, followed by 'Abrahami Ortelii Geographiae veteris tabulae aliquot', an abbreviated version of Ortelius' 'Parergon' with fourteen double-page engraved classical maps by or after Ortelius, the map of the Holy Land replaced by Hondius' atlas map of 1606. Woodcut diagrams and 3 engraved diagrams in the text, woodcut initials and headpieces. The first sheet of the Peutinger Table with split to one fold. Nineteenth century russia, rebacked with original spine laid down, boards and spine elaborately blind-stamped, corner devices and spine lettering stamped in gilt. [Amsterdam: Isaac Elzevir and Jodocus Hondius], 

An Important And Valuable Work' (Sabin). In 1618 Coletta Hondius prepared a new printing of the Mercator-Ptolemy’s Geographia, now expanded into two parts. The first part is a new printing of Mercator's edition of Claudius Ptolemy's Geographia of 1578, with the traditional corpus of the world map, ten maps of Europe, four of Africa and twelve of Asia, with the additional map of the Nile Delta/lower Egypt by Mercator. The second part is a classical atlas, modelled on Abraham Ortelius’ Parergon, using several of Ortelius’ maps or close copies by the Hondius family. It contains 4 sheets of Ortelius’ ‘Tabula Peutingeriana’, a mediaeval copy of a road map of the Roman Empire, first engraved in 1598, with the additional section ‘Scheda prior’, and 14 maps of the classical world.

This version of the Parergon' has a higher proportion of non-Ortelius maps than usual, including four later maps by Johannes Janssonius, Europe (engraved by Hamersveldt), Spain, Germany and Sicily.

References: Koeman, Ber I; Phillips, Atlases, 433; Sabin 66497.

Koeman, Ber I; Phillips, Atlases, 433; Sabin 66497.

Stock Code: 223286