Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000
Sold For: £3,600
Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo, printed in Vienne and published in Lyons by Gaspar Trechsel, 1541,
title page trimmed at base, two woodcuts attributed to Albrecht Durer, twenty-nine (only of fifty) double page woodcut maps, occasional staining, one map wormed along gutter, index bound at rear, text block broken and split, later endpapers, 19th century half vellum with marbled boards, later printed label to spine, folio
The second edition of Ptolemy edited by Servetus. The maps were printed from the unaltered blocks used in Lorenz Fries's earlier edition which was printed by Gruninger in 1522. Several of the maps in this edition are printed without their descriptive text on the verso. This was because of the malignant effect of Calvinism, which meant that many copies of the earlier editions were burnt on Calvin's orders and the unfortunate Michael Servetus, a Spanish theologian and physician, was burned at the stake in 1553, condemned by Calvin for his doctrinal heresies. Although not complete a scarce collection of early 16th century maps, Sold as a collection of maps, not subject to return.