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Cosmographia …
Antwerp: Christopher Plantin,, 1574. iam demum ab omnibus vindicata mendis, ac nonnullis quoque locis aucta, & annotationibus marginalibus illustrata. Additis eiusdem argumenti libellis ipsius Gemmae Frisij. Quarto (226 × 170 mm). Contemporary paper wrappers, manuscript titles to spine. Housed in a flat back cloth solander box. Printed title with large engraved vignette, folding world map, woodcut initials, 49 text illustrations and diagrams including 4 full-page images, 4 volvelles, and one illustration with a string guide. Ownership inscription and pale ink spots to title. Covers a little rubbed and marked, dampstain to lower wrapper, minor repairs to spine, tiny wormhole from title through to folio 5 without loss. An excellent copy of one of the most important geographical-astronomical texts of the Renaissance and, in the augmented edition of the Flemish mathematician Gemma Frisius, one of the most significant and influential of sixteenth-century instrument books for navigators and travellers, extensively illustrated and in this copy possessing all four volvelles intact and operational. The work was first published by Apian alone in 1524; his former pupil's edition was published in 1529, and augmented further by him the following year. As modified by Frisius, the work contains the earliest printed description of triangulation. The codiform world map appeared in most editions from 1544, but, as one of the earliest maps to print the name America, it is regarded as a desirable object in its own right and is often removed from copies of the Cosmographia.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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