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Ptolemy's World

Tour of Maps

1578

Ptolemy and Marinus depicted on the titlepage of Ptolemy, Tabulae geographicae

Ptolemy and Marinus depicted on the titlepage of Ptolemy, Tabulae geographiae,
edited by Gerard Mercator. Cologne: Godefridi Kempensis, 1578.

Even the famous Gerard Mercator prepared an edition of the Geographia, as part of his plan to give a complete description of both ancient and modern maps.

In the first edition, published in 1578, no text appears on the verso of the maps. The woodcut engravings are some of the most beautiful that have ever been made.