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Luculentissima quaedam terrae totius descriptio: cum multis vtilissimis cosmographiae iniciis.

Luculentissima quaedam terrae totius descriptio: cum multis vtilissimis cosmographiae iniciis.



Signatures: a⁸, b⁶, A-B⁸, C-G⁴, H-K⁸, L⁶.
Leaf 23 numbered 32.
Errata slip inserted.
"De America qvarta irbis par te cum aliis nouis insulis appositis (leaves 60-62) relate to America. "The author follows the suggestion made by Waldseemüller, in 1507, and calls this fourth part of the world America or Amerigen. Schöner's book is probably the second, after the various editions of the Cosmographiae Introductio, to contain the word America."--Church 37.
Compiled to accompany Schöner's globe which he made in 1515.
BAV 80; JCB 49; Sabin 77804.
Library of Congress. Lessing J. Rosenwald collection, 628
Rosenwald Collection (1954 ed.) 448
Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
LAC scc 2019-06-21 no edits (2 cards)
LAC ecr 2019-06-24 no edits (1 card)
GB51.S3 Copy 2 (Early Printing) formerly shelved under: G113.S35 Copy 1 (Early Printing). LAC ecr 2019-06-24

During the Medieval period, European maps were dominated by religious views. All maps were, of course, drawn and illuminated by hand, which made the distribution of maps extremely limited. Medieval geography divided the world into three schematic parts: Asia, Europe, and Africa. Asia was depicted on top as the birthplace of Christ and the original site of the Garden of Eden. A T-O map (orbis terrarum, orb or circle of the lands; with the letter T inside an O), also known as an Isidoran map, is a type of early world map that represents the physical world as first described by the 7th-century scholar Isidore of Seville in his De Natura Rerum and later his Etymologiae. In this map format, Jerusalem was depicted at the center and east was oriented toward the map top. The design had great religious significance, with the “T” representing the central Christian symbol of the cross and placing Jerusalem at the center of the world. The “T” also separated the continents of the known world—Asia, Europe, and Africa—and the “O” that enclosed the entire image, represented the medieval idea of the world surrounded by water.





Schöner, Johann, 1477-1547.


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