A very fine wide-margin example of Ptolemy’s Geographia with 50 large woodcut maps by Waldseemüller/Fries. This is the second edition by Servetus, printed in 1541.

The impressive woodcut maps were created by Laurent Fries. In most cases he reduced the size of the equivalent map from the 1513 Waldseemüller edition. But Fries also prepare three new maps for his atlas: A map of Southeast Asia and the East Indies, one of China with Japan and a new world map. 27 maps go back to Ptolemaeus and show the geographical knowledge of the ancient world, 23 maps are modern and based on geographical information of the early 16th century. The woodblocks of these maps were first used by Laurent Fries in 1522. In total, four editions with these maps appeared, all printed from the same woodblocks.

Cartographer: Laurent Fries

Place, Year: G. Trechsel, Vienne, 1541

Size: 40.5 x 29.0 cm (15.9 x 11.4 inches), Folio

Stock#: 11191