Venice: Jo. Antonium de Nicolinus de Sabio, 1541. 24 leaves. Woodcut vignette of an astrolabe encompassing the globe on the titlepage; Melchior's device of a cat holding a mouse on verso of final leaf. Several woodcuts throughout text. Small octavo. Later vellum. Covers bowed. Light old stain at foredge of first four leaves. Very good. In a half morocco and cloth box. Item #WRCAM34757
An abridgement of Apianus' 1524 COSMOGRAPHICUS LIBER, first published in this version in 1533. The COSMOGRAPHICUS LIBER remains a foundation work of cosmography, being notable for "the division of the earth into climatic zones, the uses of parallels and meridians, the determination of latitude, several methods for determining longitude including that of lunar distance, the use of trigonometry to determine distances, several types of map projections, and many other topics" (Karrow). Apianus owes much of his early work to the eminent Martin Waldseemuller, often making only minor changes to his maps and then publishing them as his own. With the publication of the present work, Apianus separates himself from his past near-plagiarism and becomes a cartographic force in his own right. This edition omits the chapters on America and is therefore not included in EUROPEAN AMERICANA, though it is recorded by Harrisse and Sabin. There is, however, a mention of America on leaf C6. OCLC locates only six copies. Rare. KARROW, p.53. SABIN 1746. HARRISSE (BAV) 236. BELL A272. JCB (3)I:129. OCLC 18730682, 54283456. JCB GERMAN AMERICANA 541/1.