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Old antique map of the world in polar projection, as volvelle, by Petrus Apian (Apianus).

Item number:22514
Category:Antique maps > world and polar regions
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[No title]. - Petrus Apian (Apianus), 1524-45.

Old map of the world in north polar projection, as volvelle, by Petrus Apian (Apianus).

Date of the first edition: 1524
Date of this map: 1524-45

Woodcut, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 14.5 x 16.5cm (5.7 x 6.4 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Bottom left corner torn off (1cm), outside printed area.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Shirley (World), #51.

From: Cosmographicus Liber Petri Apiani Mathematici studiose collectus. Lanshut, 1524 or later (until 1545).

This map shows the continents in the northern hemisphere, and those in the southern hemisphere to 25° south. Part of South America appears with a defines western coastline but is still separate from North America.

Apian's map was often constructed as a volvelle, so that the revolution of the earth around the polar axis could be shown.

A volvelle comprises multilayered discs or dials that rotate above the page. The parts of the volvelle were printed on dedicated pages so that the reader could cut, remove, and assemble them on the appropriate page within the text using decorative glue caps or string.

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