Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb. lat. 277

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In the 2nd century CE, the Greek astronomer, geographer, and cartographer Claudius Ptolemy crafted a world atlas which became of pivotal importance in the history of geography. The work was revived by Italian Renaissance intellectuals, who admired Ptolemy's objective approach towards reality, free from any myth or legend. In 1472 Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, commissioned a 270-page volume to be decorated by Francesco Rosselli, an expert painter and engraver.

Ptolemy's Cosmography represents a portion of the world today known as "the Old World": Europe, Asia, and Africa.

With its forty-four maps enriched with decorative borders, the atlas laid the foundation for European geography and paved the way for the era of discoveries, by showing Europeans that the distance between their territory and the coastline of unexplored continents was shorter than expected.

The work is exceptionally detailed, allowing viewers to enjoy a thorough depiction of the world as it was known in 2nd-century Roman Empire. Asia is the most meticulously represented continent: its territory is depicted in twelve maps and divided into forty-eight provinces.

The Cosmographia illustrated by Francesco Rosselli bears significant similarities with the Codex Rustici, the account of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land also produced in Florence a few decades earlier.

In contrast to most major world atlases, the volume features, in the last pages, depictions of important cities such as Venice, Florence, Rome, Constantinople, Damascus, Jerusalem, Alexandria, Cairo, and the Tuscan town of Volterra.

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#1 Cosmographia des Claudius Ptolemaeus (Deluxe Edition)

Zurich: Belser Verlag, 1982

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Cosmographia des Claudius Ptolemaeus (Deluxe Edition), Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb. lat. 277, Facsimile edition by Belser Verlag
Facsimile edition by Belser Verlag

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Cosmographia des Claudius Ptolemaeus (Deluxe Edition), Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb. lat. 277, Facsimile edition by Belser Verlag
Facsimile edition by Belser Verlag

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Cosmographia des Claudius Ptolemaeus (Deluxe Edition), Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb. lat. 277, Facsimile edition by Belser Verlag
Facsimile edition by Belser Verlag

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Cosmographia des Claudius Ptolemaeus (Deluxe Edition), Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb. lat. 277, Facsimile edition by Belser Verlag
Facsimile edition by Belser Verlag

+ 6

Cosmographia des Claudius Ptolemaeus (Deluxe Edition), Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb. lat. 277, Facsimile edition by Belser Verlag
Facsimile edition by Belser Verlag

+ 6

Cosmographia des Claudius Ptolemaeus (Deluxe Edition), Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb. lat. 277, Facsimile edition by Belser Verlag
Facsimile edition by Belser Verlag

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Cosmographia des Claudius Ptolemaeus (Deluxe Edition), Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb. lat. 277, Facsimile edition by Belser Verlag
Facsimile edition by Belser Verlag
  • Commentary (English) by Kish, George; Duval-Arnould, Louis; Dürst, Arthur
  • Limited Edition: 250 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Cosmography of Claudius Ptolemy: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

The facsimile and the commentary volume are presented in a wooden case. With legs and display, the case turns into a lectern.

Binding

Leather binding with brass trim, studs and clasps.

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#2 Cosmographia des Claudius Ptolemaeus

Zurich: Belser Verlag, 1982

Cosmographia des Claudius Ptolemaeus, Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb. lat. 277 − Photo 1
Cosmographia des Claudius Ptolemaeus, Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb. lat. 277 − Photo 1
  • Commentary (English) by Kish, George; Duval-Arnould, Louis; Dürst, Arthur
  • Limited Edition: 500 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Cosmography of Claudius Ptolemy: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

Binding

Calfskin leather, according to the original, with brass trim, studs and clasps.

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