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WALDSEEMÜLLER, Martin.

Cosmographiae Introductio

cum quibusdam Geometriae ac Astronomiae Principiis ad eam dem necessariis. Insuper quattuor Americi Vespucii navigationes. Universalis Chosmographiae descriptio tam in solido q[uam] plano, eis etiam insertis quae Ptholomeo ignota anuperis reparta sunt.

Stock Code
97329
[Lyon], Jean de la Place, 1517
£85,000

Very rare. A work of fundamental importance for the history of the Americas. This edition, printed by Jean de la Place in Lyon between 22 November 1517 and 26 May 1518, is described by Brunet as 'très-peu connue', and is even rarer than the first edition. Whilst no publication date is given we are able to be so precise as this edition is dedicated to Jacques [de] Robertet who took up his position as Bishop of Albi on the earlier date, dying on the latter some six months later.

Consisting of two parts Waldseemüller's 'Cosmography', a treatise on geography and the globe, followed by the four voyages of Amerigo Vespuci. The first of these is divided into nine chapters, and in the last of these, when describing the continents, the author proposes that the New World be named after Amerigo Vespucci (recto Diii) 'Nunc ueto & hae partes sunt latius

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Description

Small 4to. Folding double-page woodcut planisphere, text to verso, 2 globe diagrams, 3 tables in the text, decorative initial letters throughout. Fine french polished morocco, spine lettered in gilt, fine doublures, signed 'Atelier Laurenchet', with matching slipcase, a.e.g. Closed tear expertly repaired to first & last leaf, very occasional faded marginalia in a neat early hand. [33]ff.

Bibliography

Borba II, 932; Harrisse 63; Maggs (Travel) II, 528; Brunet II, 318.

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