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San Marino, Huntington Library, HM 01092
Description: ff. 54 - With one engraved map - Formerly bound, s. XVIII ineunte, in Pembroke binding of English red morocco, gilt; rebacked. Volume is now disbound and kept in modern case; binding preserved separately. - Purchased ca. 1700 by Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (1656-1733) for his library at Wilton House, Salisbury. Pembroke sale, Sotheby's, 26 June 1914, lot 166 to Karl Wilhelm Hiersemann (1854-1938) whose press mark "Kh.9" appears on front flyleaf. Quaritch Handlist, 1923, n. 35. Sold by Hiersemann to Otto Heinrich Friederich Vollbehr (b. 1869). - C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). De Ricci , 91. J. Fischer, Claudii Ptolemaei Geographiae (Turin 1932) 1:218, 365-74 with reproduction of 2 maps (36v-37 and 53v-54) in vol. 2, item L-30. E. Heawood, "The Wilton Codex of Ptolemy Maps," Geographical Journal 64 (1924) 237-40.
Acknowledgments: - We are indebted to Virginia Rust who wrote the full description of this manuscript, as published in the Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (1989); the present short description derives from her work.
Number of Parts: 1 - Number of Images Available: 0
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Language: Latin Country: Italy Century: 15th
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Part 1: ff. 1-54v
Description: - Parchment - 295 x 457 mm
Country: ItalyCardinal point:
Region: City:
Assigned Date: s. XV4/4Searchable Date Range: 1475 - 1499
Dated by scribe: NoInscribed Date:
Document: NoNumber of Scribes: ;
Script: Humanistic
Other Decoration: Nomenclature of maps in black or red ink, with area names in gold, blue or red, and scholia in black or purple ink; cursive noting hand and some use of square capitals; no compass directions or rhumb lines; borders of maps formed by the numbered latitude and longitude scales; no distance scales; sea areas covered with purple wash, cities indicated by small gold circles and mountain ranges with wide ocher bands; no decoration except scrollwork at tops of maps and wind-heads on the engraved world map.
Notes: Maps are mainly trapezoidal in shape, all maps have rectilinear meridians (except for the engraved world map, which is curvilinear), outside borders are bands of gold leaf. Contemporary arabic numbering of the maps at the top center of the page preceding each map, omitting the engraved world map and counting the British Isles map as number 1, which may indicate that the engraved map was added somewhat later. Heawood suggests it may have been an early proof impression on parchment of Berlinghieri's printed volume. Possibly grouped for binding according to the numbers 1 to 16 written, s. XV/XVI on ff. 1, 7, 11, 15, 19, 21, 23, 27, 31, 35, 39, 41, 43, 47, 49, 51 (thus including the engraved world map). Latin
Number of Texts: 3

Text 1: ff. 1v-2
Author: Francesco Berlinghieri
Title: Geographia
Language(s): Latin
Notes: One engraved world map extracted from the incunable: Francesco Berlinghieri, Geographia [Florence: Nicolaus Laurentii, Alamanus, not after 10 Sept. 1482] (Hain 2825; GKW 3870); hand colored with gold leaf border, nomenclature overtraced in color or gold; some water damage. 

Text 2: ff. 3v-54
Title: Portolan atlas
Language(s): Latin
Notes: ff. 3v-4, British Isles (with part of Thule at top right); ff. 5v-6, Spain and Portugal; ff. 7v-8, France; ff. 9v-10, Germany; ff. 11v-12, Northern Adriatic region, Italy and Yugoslavia; ff. 13v-14, Italy, Corsica; ff. 15v-16, Sardinia, Sicily; ff. 17v-18, Baltic Sea to Black Sea; ff. 19v-20, Adriatic Sea to Black Sea; ff. 21v-22, Greece; ff. 23v-24, Northwest Africa; ff. 25v-26, North central Africa; ff. 27v-28, Northeast Africa; ff. 29v-30, Northern half of Africa; ff. 31v-32, Turkey; ff. 33v-34, Russia (Sarmatia); ff. 35v-36, Black Sea to Caspian Sea; ff. 37v-38, Mediterranean Sea to Persian Gulf; ff. 39v-40, Caspian Sea to Persian Gulf; ff. 41v-42, Red Sea to Persian Gulf; ff. 43v-44, Central Asia, east of Caspian Sea; ff. 45v-46, Parts of Russia and Iran (Scythia, etc.); ff. 47v-48, Indus River; ff. 49v-50, India; ff. 51v-52, Ganges River and Burma; ff. 53v-54, Ceylon (i.e., Taprobana, spelled "Tarrogane" on map and "Trapobanem" on accompanying table). 

Text 3: ff. 3-53
Title: Europe Tabula Prima. Tables pertaining to maps
Language(s): Latin
Incipit: Prima europe tabula insulas brittanicas
Explicit: finis Asiae tabularum duodecim. [f. 54v, 2 lines of text:] tunc velut natum permistica santificatum fulgura de sursum depellit omni malignum.
Notes: Twenty-six tables alternating with maps; the tables are similar in text and format to the Ebner Manuscript in the Lenox Library at the New York Public Library [in Digital Scriptorium as: New York, New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division, NYPL MA 097], published in facsimile by E. L. Stevenson, Geography of Claudius Ptolemy (New York 1932) following p. 168. Published in many versions, the first with maps printed in Rome, 1478. See N. A. E. Nordenskiöld, Facsimile Atlas to the Early History of Cartography (Stockholm 1889) 9-29.