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MAGINI, Giovanni Antonio

Geografia, cioe descrittione universale della terra ...

Padua, 1621-20
Quarto (315 x 225 mm.), full contemporary vellum binding, with original endpapers. Gilt ruled calf label to spine with gilt title. With 63 (64) copper plate maps, lacking the Mercator world map as often the case although here not apparently ever bound in.
This new edition of Ptolemy’s ‘Geography’ was edited by Giovanni Antonio Magini, a noted geographer from Padua. The neatly engraved copper plates for it are attributed to Girolamo Porro. The atlas was first published in a smaller format in Venice, 1596. It was closely copied in the following year by Petrus Keschedt in Cologne in a work which contained a whole new set of engraved plates. Many references incorrectly state that the two editions contain the same plates. There were further Italian editions of Magini’s Ptolemy in 1597, 1598 and 1616 in Venice, and one more in Padua 1621, that offered here.

This edition was printed by the brothers Paolo and Francesco Galignani and includes Italian text. It was quite a family affair as the work bears the addition of a dedication signed by Gio. Battista and Giorgio Galignani. The atlas contains the 27 Ptolemaic plates and a further 36 modern maps of the world. The work is often found as here lacking the initial Rumold Mercator world map and it may be this was an error in binding or deliberate. It can be found bound between pages 19 and 20 at the beginning of the modern section. There is no sign of the map ever being bound in to this example. That in the Library of Congress is found to be the same. Provenance: Clive A Burden Ltd. May 1996; private English Collection. Nordenskiöld (1979) no. 233; Nordenskiöld (1889) p. 27; Phillips (1909-) no. 436; Sabin (1868) no. 66508; Shirley ‘Atlases in the British Library’ T.Ptol 12c; Wagner (1937) no. 186.
Stock number: 7101


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