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Ptolemy's World

Tour of Maps

1530s

Ptolemy's Name

An edition of 1533, the first edition of the Greek text, was printed at Basel by the famous printer Hieronymus Froben.

There are no maps in this edition. In Lyons, Michiel and Gaspar Treschel published their edition of the Geographia with 50 maps, from the blocks used for the editions of 1522 and 1525. Michael Villanovanus, known as Servetus, edited an edition published at Lyons in 1535, with 50 woodcut maps. The woodcut ornaments and borders in this edition are believed to be the work of Hans Holbein. Servetus was burned at the stake at the order of John Calvin, who also ordered that the copies of this book were to be burned. A second edition of this text was published in Vienna in 1541.