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PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (after 83 - ca 168 AD).
Venice: Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1561., 1561. 3 parts in one volume. 4to., (9 2/8 x 6 3/8 inches). Woodcut printer's devices on title-pages and at end of part 2, 64 engraved double-page maps mounted on guards, comprising 27 maps of the ancient world and 37 maps of the modern world with letterpress descriptive text on rectos, woodcut diagrams throughout, woodcut initials. A little light spotting and occational marginal waterstains, but a very fresh, crisp copy. Contempory limp vellum. The first edition of Girolamo Ruscelli's Italian translation of Ptolemy's "Geography". Most of the maps are enlarged copies of the Gastaldi maps from the Venice 1548 edition made by Giulio and Livio Sanuto: notable maps include: "Septemtronalum partium nova tabula" , a reduced version of the Nicolo Zeno map of the North Atlantic Ocean of 1558 and including many ficticious islands; "Tierra Nueva", a map of the east coast of North America showing the Hudson and St. Lawrence Rivers; "Nueva Hispania Tabula Nova" showing the Yucatan as a peninsula; and "Orbis Discriptio" the twin hemisphere new world map, which as Shirley reports, is the earliest of its kind to appear in an atlas. Other maps not found in the previous Gastaldi edition of 1548 are: Scandinavia (after Jacob Ziegler, 1532); Brasil (after Ramusio); the Arctic regions; South Africa; and a navigational chart of the World (Shirley 111). Adams P-2235; Alden and Landis 561/42; Burden 29, 30, and 31; Norderskiöld Collection 2:216; Phillips "Atlases" 371; Sabin 66503; Shirley 110 and 111.