The Cosmographia is the basic work of humanism, its thirst for culture, science and the need for disclosure of his love for the recovery of the ancient evolution of the ideals of the Renaissance and the age of the great geographical discoveries, distinguished testimony Florentine artistic talent and document estense patronage.
The Ptolemaic tradition, codified in the Greek manuscripts, was discovered in the fifteenth century when in Florence, intellectual and artistic capital, scientific and cartographic search said the era of great geographical discoveries was developed.
In the Florentine workshops they were compiled and illuminated the most beautiful Ptolemies of the history of art and science, and the powerful Renaissance-from Borso Federico de Montefeltro, Matthias Corvinus of Hungary Louis XII of France competed for possessing those admirable manuscripts bound in fine calfskin, with beautiful miniatures with white borders and twenty maps that reflect the known world.
This Italian facsimile corresponds to the codex, original of which is preserved in the Biblioteca Estense Modena, illuminated manuscript on parchment, consists of 128 sheets of 31 x 45 cm. It was purchased in 1466 by Borso d’Este, whom the author dedicates his work, the German humanist Nicholas Germanicus. The Cosmographia Ptolemy in the Latin version of Jacopo Angelo da Scarperia geographical accompanied by 27 double-page tables (45 x 62 cm) improved by the author with the adoption of the trapezoidal projections.
The mapping apparatus of Cosmographia is considered one of the monuments of human creativity at a time when art and science were often closely related. The first article of the manuscript is dedicated to Borso d’Este, a great collector and patron of illuminated manuscripts.
The Atlas of Borso d’Este, as it is known Cosmographia of Claudius Ptolemy in this beautiful codex is one of the extraordinary relics of the Estense Library of Modena and is one of the most important works of Renaissance cartography, witnessed the scientific and political expertise around the world, a key to promote and support the search for new towns and legendary riches document. The Atlas of Borso, because of its size and its artistic refinement, was drawn more like a work of representation as a reference work (also attested by the excellent condition).
The Cosmographia is a unique and exclusive edition of 499 numbered copies and certificates. Printed with the strictest controls on special paper 240 grams and with the same format as the original. The edition reproduces in the codex 27 geographical tables, while the Ptolemaic theoretical text is reproduced in Volume comment before the first Italian translation of Pier Andrea Mattioli for Venetian models Pedrazano (1547), including clarifying notes to provide comfortable reading.
The commentary volume, printed in full color, and Italian, format 23 x 31 cm., Also contains evidence of ancient and classical cartography and historical analysis codicological on estense manuscript. Both the codex and the book reviews and the certificate will kept in an elegant blue silk case.
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