This product is successfully added to your cart
Questions about this product? (#27587)

Italy, by Martin Waldseemüller. 1513

One of the first acquirable, separate maps of Italy based on modern toponymy, rather than the classical place names of Ptolemy.


Martin Waldseemüller (Ilacomilus) (c. 1473-1519)

Martin Walseemüller and his collaborator, Matthias Ringmann, are credited with the first recorded usage of the word America to name the New World in honour of the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci.

He was born about 1475, most probably in the village of Wolfenweiler near Freiburg im Breisgau (southern Germany). He studied at the University of Freiburg where he met Johann Scott, the future printer of Waldseemüller’s edition of Ptolemy and Matthias Ringman, a poet who wrote Waldseemüller’s texts. Gregor Reisch was their tutor. He was noted for a philosophical work, Margaretha Philosophica (1503), a widely read book of which included a world map in Ptolemaic form. He undoubtedly aroused the students’ interest in cosmography.

At the beginning of the 16th century, Walseemüller moved to St.Dié, in the Vosges. He Hellenized his name to Ilacomilus and worked on an edition of Ptolemy. He learned the printing trade in Basle and became professor of cosmography under the patronage of René II, Duke of Lorraine.

Together with a group of scholars, among them were Nicholas Lud and Matthias Ringmann, they installed a printing press in St. Dié. The first book appeared in 1507: Cosmographiae introductio … Few books have generated as much interest and speculation as this book because it contained the suggestion that the new continent is named America in honour of Amerigo Vespucci, whose letters about his American “discoveries” form a large part of the book. Great interest was also attached to the two maps mentioned on the title page as constituting part of the Cosmographiae introductio: a large 12-panel wall map of the world and a set of globe gores. The map and globe were notable for showing the New World as a continent separate from Asia and for naming the southern landmass America.

Ringmann wrote the text of the Cosmographiae introductio in which he used the name ‘America’. He died in 1511, and by then Waldseemüller was having doubts about the name they had coined.

In 1511 Walseemüller published the Carta Itineraria Europae, a road map of Europe that showed essential trade routes as well as pilgrim routes from central Europe to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It was the first printed wall map of Europe.
After Ringmann’s death, Waldseemüller concentrated on the new version of Ptolemy’s Geographia. The new edition was finally printed in 1513 by Johannes Scott in Strasbourg and is now regarded as the most important edition. Waldseemüller included twenty modern maps in the new Geographia as a separate appendix.

The 1507 wall map was lost for a long time, but a copy was found in Schloss Wolfegg in southern Germany by Joseph Fischer in 1901. It is the only known copy and was purchased by the United States Library of Congress in May 2003.

back

Tabula moderna et nova Italie ac Sicilie.

€7000  ($8260 / £6020)
add to cart
questions?

Item Number:  27587
Category:  Antique maps > Europe > Italy
References: Karrow - 80/40; Borri (Italy, 1999) - #16; Aliprandi - II p.76 #259

Old, antique map of modern Italy with the Isles of Sicily and Sardinia, by Martin Waldseemüller. RARE

Mappa antica dell'Italia moderna con le isole di Sicilia e Sardegna, di Martin Waldseemüller.

Date of the first edition: 1513
Date of this map: 1513

Woodcut
Size: 41 x 55cm (16 x 21.5 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: A number of wormholes, else excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Karrow, 80/40; Borri (Italy, 1999), #16; Aliprandi (Le Grandi Alpi) - II p.76 #259

From: Claudii Ptolemei viri Alexandrini Mathematice discipline Philosophi dictissimi Geographiae opus novissima . . . Strassburg, J. Schott, 1513.

One of the first acquirable, separate maps of Italy based on modern toponymy, rather than the classical place names of Ptolemy.


Martin Waldseemüller (Ilacomilus) (c. 1473-1519)

Martin Walseemüller and his collaborator, Matthias Ringmann, are credited with the first recorded usage of the word America to name the New World in honour of the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci.

He was born about 1475, most probably in the village of Wolfenweiler near Freiburg im Breisgau (southern Germany). He studied at the University of Freiburg where he met Johann Scott, the future printer of Waldseemüller’s edition of Ptolemy and Matthias Ringman, a poet who wrote Waldseemüller’s texts. Gregor Reisch was their tutor. He was noted for a philosophical work, Margaretha Philosophica (1503), a widely read book of which included a world map in Ptolemaic form. He undoubtedly aroused the students’ interest in cosmography.

At the beginning of the 16th century, Walseemüller moved to St.Dié, in the Vosges. He Hellenized his name to Ilacomilus and worked on an edition of Ptolemy. He learned the printing trade in Basle and became professor of cosmography under the patronage of René II, Duke of Lorraine.

Together with a group of scholars, among them were Nicholas Lud and Matthias Ringmann, they installed a printing press in St. Dié. The first book appeared in 1507: Cosmographiae introductio … Few books have generated as much interest and speculation as this book because it contained the suggestion that the new continent is named America in honour of Amerigo Vespucci, whose letters about his American “discoveries” form a large part of the book. Great interest was also attached to the two maps mentioned on the title page as constituting part of the Cosmographiae introductio: a large 12-panel wall map of the world and a set of globe gores. The map and globe were notable for showing the New World as a continent separate from Asia and for naming the southern landmass America.

Ringmann wrote the text of the Cosmographiae introductio in which he used the name ‘America’. He died in 1511, and by then Waldseemüller was having doubts about the name they had coined.

In 1511 Walseemüller published the Carta Itineraria Europae, a road map of Europe that showed essential trade routes as well as pilgrim routes from central Europe to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It was the first printed wall map of Europe.
After Ringmann’s death, Waldseemüller concentrated on the new version of Ptolemy’s Geographia. The new edition was finally printed in 1513 by Johannes Scott in Strasbourg and is now regarded as the most important edition. Waldseemüller included twenty modern maps in the new Geographia as a separate appendix.

The 1507 wall map was lost for a long time, but a copy was found in Schloss Wolfegg in southern Germany by Joseph Fischer in 1901. It is the only known copy and was purchased by the United States Library of Congress in May 2003.

Related items

Italy by Giacomo Gastaldi.

Italy by Giacomo Gastaldi. 1561
Il Disegno della Geografia Moderna de Tutta la ...
[Item number: 28121]  new

€40000  ($47200 / £34400)
Italy, by Martin Waldseemüller

Italy, by Martin Waldseemüller 1513
Tabula Moderna Italie.
[Item number: 26861]

€4000  ($4720 / £3440)
Italy, by Lorenz Fries.

Italy, by Lorenz Fries. 1525
[Title on verso:] Ta .NO. Italiae.
[Item number: 27989]

€600  ($708 / £516)
Italy, by A. Ortelius.

Italy, by A. Ortelius. 1612
Italiae Novissima Descriptio Auctore Iacobo ...
[Item number: 22982]

€800  ($944 / £688)
Old antique map of Italy, by Giovanni Magini.

Italy, by Giovanni Magini. 1597
Italia.
[Item number: 26517]

€300  ($354 / £258)
Old antique map of Italy, by Willem & Joan Blaeu.

Italy, by Willem & Joan Blaeu. 1640
Nova Italiae Delineatio.
[Item number: 27205]

€880  ($1038.4 / £756.8)
Old antique map of ancient Italy, by Henricus Hondius.

Ancient Italy, by Henricus Hondius. 1641
Italia Antiqua Philippo Cluvero Borusso ...
[Item number: 26362]

€680  ($802.4 / £584.8)
Old, antique map of Italy by Visscher N. II

Italy by Visscher N. II 1683-1696
Totius Italiae Tabula.
[Item number: 20305]

€700  ($826 / £602)
Old, antique map of Italy by Valk G.& L.

Italy by Valk G.& L. c. 1730.
Italia, Divisa in Statum Ecclesiasticum, Regnum ...
[Item number: 14145]

€480  ($566.4 / £412.8)
Italy, by Abraham Ortelius.

Italy, by Abraham Ortelius. 1612
Italiae Novissima Descriptio Auctore Iacobo ...
[Item number: 22962]

€650  ($767 / £559)
Italy by Hartmann Schedel.

Italy by Hartmann Schedel. 1493
Italia.
[Item number: 24704]

€300  ($354 / £258)
Italy, by Sr. Janvier Jean Denis.

Italy, by Sr. Janvier Jean Denis. 1776-79
L'Italie Divisée en ses différents Etats, R ...
[Item number: 28076]

€370  ($436.6 / £318.2)
Old, antique map of Northern Italy by Abraham Ortelius.

Northern Italy by Abraham Ortelius. 1624
Italia Gallica sive Gallia Cisalpina.
[Item number: 21122]

€450  ($531 / £387)