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The Bologna Ptolemy world mapThe Bologna Ptolemy 1477 (the first edition)

 The world map

of the first printed edition of Ptolemy's Geography
Bologna, 1477

The Bologna Ptolemy CF
Copyright by Dr Zsolt Török, Cartart FacTsimile Publisher, 2003



intaglio printed from engraved and etched copper plate

Edition limited to 99 copies, copies printed only to order.
Sheet size: 520 x 640 mm
Image size: original size
Paper: special, hand made, archival quality, deckle edged
Watermark: two OT- diagrams and  cartart label. Can not be removed.
Color: full hand color,  Renaissance style
Copies are individually  numbered and blind stamped.

This map is available

Custom coloring


The Bologna Ptolemy of 1477 is the first printed Ptolemy Geography and the rarest of the incunabula atlases: only twenty-six copies of the five hundred printed have been traced. Alone among the early Ptolemy geographies, the Bologna edition was never reprinted or reissued. 

The first printed atlas of the world was hastily prepared in 1477 in Bologna, Italy. The maps are thought to have been engraved by Taddeo Crivelli, who had learned this art only a few years earlier. Being inexperienced the engraver of the map made several errors. Spelling mistakes, crude line work, and letters and words in mirror (such as the name of the wind Vulturnus) make this Renaissance print all the more enchanting. 

For some unknown reason the original map's frame was cut off at both sides of the Equator. Later in its printing history corrections and minor alterations were made, and the original blank sea areas were decorated with billowing lines. In our edition the seas remained blank but were decorated with contemporary ships and sea creatures. 

The 1477 Ptolemy is known in about 26 copies worldwide.


Copies are available!  
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