World map in a printed edition of Ptolemy's Geography

Description

The Geography of Ptolemy, with its world map and maps of individual regions, became immensely popular in western Europe once it had been translated from Greek into Latin at the beginning of the 15th century. Many manuscript copies survive and it was first printed (at first without maps) in 1475. This is the world map from the edition published at Rome in 1478. The strange shape of Scotland (top left) is one of the odder features of the Ptolemy maps.

Full title:
World map in a printed edition of Ptolemy's Geography
Created:
1478
Format:
Map
Language:
Latin
Creator:
Claudius Ptolemy
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
British Library, C.3.d.6, map 1

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