862. [Astronomy]


Cosmographia, sive Descriptio universi orbis [...].

Antwerp, J. Withagius for J. Bellerus, 1584

4to: [16]-478 (= 469)-[2] pp. (copy very slightly browned, small tears and a few corners repaired, marginal wormholes, occ. marginal holes, endpapers foxed).

Mod. overl. vellum "à l'antique", ink-titled spine on raised bands.

Major geographical and astronomical work by Apian edited and enlarged by Gemma Frisius, with some additional treatises of Frisius (i.a. the "De locorum describendorum ratione" on using triangulation for correct cartographic calculations, and with some chapters posthumously added by his oldest son Cornelius Gemma). This version of the Cosmographia became one of the most popular books on the subject of the time. Abundantly illustrated with woodcuts in the text and some full-page illustrations - among which 4 globes with volvelles -, a double-page world map "Charta Cosmographica", a large globe on the title-page and historiated or ornamental initials. The first edition was published in 1524. Ref. BB I:89. - Van Ortroy 32. - BT 142. - STC Dutch 12. - Wellcome I:346. - Adams A-1286. - Soltész A-437. - Shirley (Mapping of the world) 96. - Not in Machiels, Sabin (other ed.).

€ 3.500 / 4.000

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