Auction 27 / Graphics & Books

tue 1 OCTOBER -  thu 3 OCTOBER 2019
Lot 1212

Prima edizione a cura del Magini

Ptolemaeus Claudius

[ Giovanni Antonio Magini (Padova, 1555 - Bologna, 1617), Girolamo Porro ]
Atlanti, Geografia e viaggi, Astronomia, Geografia e viaggi, Scienze tecniche e matematiche

Geographiae universae tum veteris tum novae absolutissimum opus duobus voluminibus distinctum, in quorum priore habentur [...] geographicae enarrationis libri octo: quorum primus [...] commentarijs uberrimis illustratus est Io. Antonio Magino...

Venetijs: apud haeredes Simonis Galignani, 1596.

2 parts in 1 volume in-4° (mm 225x170). Pages [56] (the last leaf is white), 184, 47, [1]; leaves 292 [i.e. 288], [25], 1 white leaf. Includes 63 half paged maps in the text and 1 calcographic double paged map out of it, engraved by Girolamo Porro. Each part has its own title page with calcographic printer’s mark, head-pieces, end-pieces, initials and many diagrams in the text. Latin text on the verso of the plates. Minor waterstains and wormholes on the title page and on some leaves, but always not damaging the text. The copy is a bit loosen but, otherwise, good condition. Contemporary full parchment binding, handwritten titles on the spine; spot on the front plate and wormholes. Handwritten note on the end paper.



First edition of the Geografia by Tolomeo, printed and corrected by Giovanni Antonio Magini. The 63 maps (27 of the ancient world and 36 of the new one) are engraved by Girolamo Porro for this edition. The world map entitled Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio is described as  «an exceptionally fine engraving in its own right». Manca ad Adams; European Americana 596/79; Phillips 403; Sabin 66492: «A new edition, with new maps, and edited by Giovanni Antonio Magini of Padua [...]. The 64 copperplates maps prepared for this edition, and engraved by Girolamo Porro, are on a smaller scale, and somewhat better executed than those in the edition of 1562».

Base price
EUR 8.000,00
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