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PTOLEMAUS, CLAUDIUS and; MERCATOR, GERARDUS. Tabulae GeographicaeCl. Ptolemei ad Mentem Auctoris Restitutae et Emendate per Gerardum Mercatorem. 28 double-page engraved maps, Koeman variant C with Vienna and Brussels Privilegio leaf, early manuscript calligraphy index describing the volume as the third part in a collected group of maps by Annibale Ranuzzi, lacking illustrated title and text leaves containing the colophon; [composite with:] 26 additional maps of antiquity by various cartographers including Ortelius, Blaeu, Sanson, and Du Val. Folio, 17x12 1/4 inches, contemporary vellum, quite springy, split formed with a small tear along front fore-edge, casing mostly separated from book block; Mercator maps with occasional minor surface soiling, light foxing and sheet toning to several of the additional composite maps. Koeman II, Me 1. Cologne, 1578
The first edition of Mercator's Ptolemaic atlas. Composite with a nice selection of sixteenth and seventeenth century maps of European, Asian and African antiquity, all corresponding to an 18th century manuscript index.
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