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G1005 1475 Cosmographia.
"Ptolemy, fl. 2nd cent."

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Claudius Ptolomaeus, d. after AD161. Cosmographia. Vicenza, Hermannus Liechtenstein, September 13, 1475. First edition. Translated by Joannes Angelus; edited by Angelus Vadianus and Barnabus Picardus. Roman type, 39 lines, 143 leaves, 3 woodcut diagrams of map projections, spaces for initials. Bound in brown morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. The Cosmographia lists 8000 places, with latitude and longitude. The earth (a perfect sphere) and man were the center of the universe, with planets in orderly orbits and systems around the earth. In spite of Copernicus' discovery, Ptolemy's conception of the universe was not discarded until the Reformation and had tremendous impact on man's thinking and writing. This is the first dated book from Liechtenstein's press.



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