- [The World]
- Title (alt.):
Ptolemaic world map
Regions and Seasons: The winds, collectively known as Venti, have long been viewed as both bringers of good fortune and sources of chaos. In ancient Greece and Rome, the winds were seen as personas; gods who brought favorable or difficult weather to humans on earth. The Greek philosopher Aristotle (4th cent. BCE) named twelve winds, which are illustrated on this world map in the 1525 edition of Claudius Ptolemy’s (2nd cent. CE) Geographia. Carved from a woodblock – an early method of printing – this map names the four main winds that blow from the cardinal directions of north, south, east and west, along with eight minor winds.
- Fries, Lorenz, ca. 1490-1531
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
- Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
World maps--Early works to 1800
Eastern Hemisphere--Maps--Early works to 1800
- 1 map ; 29 x 45 cm.
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No known restrictions on use.
Argentoragi [i.e. Strasbourg] :
Scale [ca. 1:60,000,000]
Map of the eastern hemisphere showing Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa.
Waldseemüller's Ptolemaic map of 1513, redrawn and reduced in this publication by Laurent Fries.
Relief shown pictorially.
Includes names of places and natural features.
Map border shows decorative windheads.
Includes climatic and latitudinal notes.
Appears in the author's Geographia, translated by Willibald Pirckheimer, with annotations by Joannes Regiomontanus. Argentoragi [i.e. Strasbourg] : Iohannes Grieningerus, communibus Iohannis Koberger impensis excudebat, anno a Christi Natiuitate 1525 tertio Kal[endas] Apriles.
Text in Latin.
Cataloging, conservation, and digitization made possible in part by The National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Atlas scanned by Internet Archive http://archive.org/details/claudiiptolemaei00ptol
- Notes (exhibitions):
Exhibited: "Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2017.
- Call #:
G1005 .P7 1525