1511 MAP OF GERMANY EARLY EXAMPLE OF TWO-COLOR PRINTING
PTOLEMY / SYLVANUS
Qvarta Evropae Tabvla
14 5/8” x 19”. Woodblock print with some text printed in red. Very good condition.
Printed in two colors, this boldly engraved woodcut map of Germany was published in Venice in one of “the most unusual of the editions of Ptolemy,” issued in 1511 by Jacobus Pentius de Leucho and edited by Bernard Sylvanus. “Venice, in spite of its pre-eminence as a trading and commercial centre, did not develop a tradition of map publishing until much later in the 16th century. The 1511 edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia, edited by Bernard Sylvanus, is an isolated example of Venetian cartographic enterprise which is also unusual in being one of the first examples of two-colour printing” - Shirley.
MapForum, Volume I, issue 2, “The Development of the Printed Atlas” Part 2, Ptolemaic Atlases; also see Shirley, The Mapping of The World, 31-32.
Inventory No. 8043