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A RENAISSANCE MAP, "Ptolemy Map of the World (Die Weltkarte des Ptolemäus)," ULM AND ARMSHEIM, 1482, hand colored woodblock print on paper, "Insculptum est per Johanne Schnitzer de Armsheim," pages from Leinhart Holle's atlas published in Ulm, the wood block cut by Johannes Schnitzer of Armsheim. 16" x 22"   Note: The first map signed by Johannes Schnitzer. Note also the novel presence of Greenland and Scandinavia (Campbell). This is the first Ptolemaic mode of cartographic rendering to give an example of, what was then, an entire world view. Also note that the distance between Ulm and Armsheim is approximately fifty walking hours, which is just a two night's camp and walk to collaborate between the publisher and woodblock engraver."This Ptolemy has always been sought by bibliophiles because of the bold decorative quality of the maps, the handsome typography and fine woodcut borders and initials" (The World Encompassed). Geographically, the Ulm Ptolemy, "ventures to represent some features which update the Ptolemaic world picture and which were very probably based on a manuscript of Donnus Nicolaus Germanus of the 1470s" (Shirley). He writes further, "The first woodcut version of a Ptolemaic, based on a manuscript of Donnus Nicolaus Germanus of the 1470's. This is also the first printed map to be signed by the artist. The vibrant rich blue used to color the seas and oceans. Mountains are colored in brown, islands in green, red and yellow, the wind heads yellow and red on a light blue ground, tropics and equator in red, surrounded by a yellow borders. The woodcut is signed by Johannes Schnitzer of Armsheim who is also known for his woodcut book Buch der Weisheit der alten Weisen, 1483...The bold Germanic style and the gothic lettering have a distinctive decorative appeal, especially when combined with rich colouring.""The map shows Scandinavia and Greenland for the first time in a Ptolemaic world map." (Campbell) Resources: The Earliest Printed Maps D43; Nebenzahl Atlas of Columbus and The Great Discoveries 1; Shirley, 10; The World Encompassed 37.  Provenance: Property from a Corporate Collection, Houston, Texas

  • Some losses, a noticeable (from reverse) repair to the lower middle seem.  Overall fantastic (contemporary) hand color, truly an exquisite example, trimmed, overall in good to very good condition, wear commensurate with age. Simpson Galleries strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Simpson Galleries regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Simpson Galleries. All lots offered are sold "AS IS.” NO REFUNDS will be issued based on condition.

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