The

 

Last Atlas

 

Published

 

Prior to

 

Columbus'

 

Voyage

 

Jacobus Angelus

Rome

(1490)

This second Rome edition,  published in 1490,  has 27 maps reprinted without alteration from the original copperplates used for the 1478 edition.  They are among the most illustrious in the entire history of cartography.  Although the 1477 Bologna atlas was printed first,  the plates for the 1478 edition were completed earlier and must be considered the earliest series of maps ever prepared for publication.  In addition,  they were considered the finest printed Ptolemaic maps produced up to the time the great Gerard Mercator engraved his in 1578.