Cosmographia introductio: cum quibusdam geometriae ac astronomiae principus ad eam rem necessariis. Petrus APIANUS.
Cosmographia introductio: cum quibusdam geometriae ac astronomiae principus ad eam rem necessariis.
Cosmographia introductio: cum quibusdam geometriae ac astronomiae principus ad eam rem necessariis.
Cosmographia introductio: cum quibusdam geometriae ac astronomiae principus ad eam rem necessariis.
Cosmographia introductio: cum quibusdam geometriae ac astronomiae principus ad eam rem necessariis.
Cosmographia introductio: cum quibusdam geometriae ac astronomiae principus ad eam rem necessariis.
Cosmographia introductio: cum quibusdam geometriae ac astronomiae principus ad eam rem necessariis.
Cosmographia introductio: cum quibusdam geometriae ac astronomiae principus ad eam rem necessariis.

Cosmographia introductio…
Cosmographia introductio: cum quibusdam geometriae ac astronomiae principus ad eam rem necessariis.

Venice: Io. Antonius da Sabbio & others, July, 1533.

Small octavo, with a large woodcut on title-page of an astrolabe enclosing the world, full-page astronomical woodcut on the verso, numerous illustrations and diagrams in the text, printer's device on last leaf; old half red calf.

Renaissance cosmography

Essential cosmographical text of the renaissance: the German humanist Apian, better known by the latinised form of his name as Apianus, produced a book in 1524 that became one of the most popular of all scientific works, an early geographical text with numerous woodcuts of the earth, the Zodiac, and examples of determining longitude and latitude. Its popularity was quite extraordinary by comparison with other popular books of the period: over nearly a century Apianus' text went through more than forty-five editions, in four languages, published in seven cities, by at least eighteen publishers.

Essential cosmographical text of the renaissance: the German humanist Apian, better known by the latinised form of his name as Apianus, produced a book in 1524 that became one of the most popular of all scientific works, an early geographical text with numerous woodcuts of the earth, the Zodiac, and examples of determining longitude and latitude. Its popularity was quite extraordinary by comparison with other popular books of the period: over nearly a century Apianus' text went through more than forty-five editions, in four languages, published in seven cities, by at least eighteen publishers.
This rare early edition is an example of the popular shortened format of this widely-studied work on cosmography. It neatly summarises the Renaissance world view, and includes several references to Vespucci's discovery of America. The book is notable for 'the division of the earth into climatic zones, the uses of parallels and meridians, the determination of latitude, several methods for determining longitude including that of lunar distance, the use of trigonometry to determine distances, several types of map projections, and many other topics…' (Karrow).
Apianus' work in its full-length form was first published in 1524; it first appeared in this popular format in Antwerp in 1532 or 1533. This is the second edition in this form, and the first of at least seven such editions produced in Italy in the sixteenth century.

Alden, 'European Americana', 533/3; Harrisse (BAV), Add 100; JCB, I, 107; Van Ortroy, 84.

Price (AUD): $4,400.00  other currencies     Ref: #3202235

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