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With the First Printed Map to Reflect
Voyages of the Age of Discovery


World Map/ Early Discovery/ Africa. POMPONIUS MELA [Venice, 1482]
Pomponii Mellae Cosmographi Geographia:… [Including: DIONYSIUS PERIEGETES, De Situ Orbis. Tr. Priscianus.] .
4to. [7 ½ x 5 ½ inches]
(48) ff., (A-F8), including one full-page woodcut map of the world on verso of a1, first leaf printed in red and black, and 2 large and 7 small woodcut initials in text. Bound in stiff later vellum with author and title gilt on spine. Top & left margins extended with ms. reinstatement of part of outer engraved border, title leaf slightly spotted, final leaf re-margined and mounted with some discoloration. Light toning to edges of text leaves, which are numbered in an early hand; minor waterstaining in lower corners of final quire, not affecting text; very good overall.
$65,000


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The First General Work with an Account of Columbus
Illustrated with Many City Views
& the Famous Tower of Babel Cut


Columbus/ City Views/ Biblical History. [BERGOMENSIS] FORESTI, Jacobus Philippus [Venice, 1503]
Novissime hystoria omniu[m] noviter [editae]…que Supplementum Chronicaru[m] nuncupantur.
Folio [31.5 x 21.5 cm]
(462) ff. including final blank, with woodcut Pallavicini arms in red and black on title, numerous floriated initials, red capital strokes throughout, printed marginalia and timeline in gutter, 4 full-page woodcuts in ornamental borders, and 89 woodcut city views in text. Thoroughly annotated in margins in a contemporary hand. Bound in half calf and marbled paper over boards – somewhat scuffed and bare; paper letterpiece on spine. Title entirely re-margined, with some thumbing and soiling, early ownership inscription at lower margin; next seven leaves re-margined at outer edge, with some waterstaining and repairs at lower gutter. Some repairs to last nine leaves including one index leaf with significant text loss. Diminishing mild waterstaining to upper edge of first dozen quires, and some pale staining to lower gutter of later leaves, else crisp and bright; good.
$9,500


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The Earliest, Acquirable Map On Which America Appears


World. RUYSCH, Johann [Rome, 1507]
Universalior Cogniti Orbis Tabula. Ex Recentibus Confecta Obserationi.
15 3/8 x 21 inches.
Two unjoined sheets; very slight cropping at top, else a fine example with a strong impression.
Price On Request


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One of the First, Acquirable Maps with the Place Name “America”


World.. FRIES, L./ WALDSEEMULLER, M. [Vienne in-the-Dauphane, 1522/ 1541]
Orbis. Typus. Universali . . . L. F.
13 3/8 x 18 ¾ inches.
Few filled wormholes; else excellent condition.
$10,500


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The Template for the Modern World Map
In a Beautiful Example


Ptolemaic World.. FRIES, L./ WALDSEEMULLER, M./ PTOLEMY, C. [Strasbourg, 1525]
Untitled.
12 x 18 inches.
Superb hand color; upper margin extended, mend to lower centerfold well outside printed image, else excellent.
$5,500


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