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    Sixth Map of Asia.
    Sexta Asiae Tabula
    Claudius Ptolemaeus (circa 100--circa 170), known as Ptolemy, was an astronomer, mathematician, and geographer of Greek descent who lived and worked in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. In his Geography, Ptolemy gathered all the geographic knowledge possessed by the Greco-Roman world. He invented the geographic coordinate system and devised a method of using a grid or graticule made up of lines of latitude and...
    • Contributor: Sweynheim, Konrad, 1477 - Ptolemy, 2nd Century
    • Date: 1478
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    Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond A thematic collection exploring changing models of the universe through time, ideas of life on other words and Carl Sagan’s place in the tradition of science. It features manuscripts, rare books, celestial atlases, newspaper articles, sheet music and movie posters.
    • Contributor: Druyan, Ann - Sagan, Carl - Macfarlane, Seth

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    Palestine. This Latin woodcut map of Palestine is from the Rudimentum Novitiorum (A handbook for beginners), which is a history of the world published in Lübeck, Germany, in 1475 and contains what are considered to be the first printed maps. The map was printed by Lucas Brandis de Schass, and is based on an earlier map by Burchardus de Monte Sion (Burchard of Mount Zion),...
    • Contributor: Burchardus De Monte Sion, 13th Century - Brandis De Schass, Lucas
    • Date: 1475
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    Sixth Map of Asia.
    Sexta Asiae tabula
    Several editions of Ptolemy's Geographia (Geography), translated into Latin from the original Greek, were published in Europe in the 15th century. This map is from the 1478 edition, which was published in Rome. Ptolemaic atlases included 12 maps of Asia. The "Sixth Map of Asia" covered the Arabian Peninsula. The outlines of this map are crude, but many geographic features, including the Red Sea,...
    • Contributor: Ptolemy, 2nd Century
    • Date: 1478
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    Present-Day Palestine and the Holy Land.
    Palestina moderna et Terra Sancta
    This map of Palestine and the Holy Land was published in Florence around 1480 and was included in Francesco Berlinghieri's expanded edition of Ptolemy's Geographia (Geography). Berlinghieri, an Italian scholar and diplomat, was the first modern European to interpret, expand upon, and republish the works of the second-century Greek astronomer and geographer. Nicolo Tedesco, a German printer who worked in Florence, printed Berlinghieri's work...
    • Contributor: Ptolemy, 2nd Century - Berlinghieri, Francesco - Todescho, Nicolo
    • Date: 1480
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    General Maps This category includes maps that typically portray the physical environment and a variety of cultural elements for a geographic area at a particular point in time. The maps in this category show a geographic area larger than a city or town and do not display a subject that is part of one of the thematic categories.
    • Date: 1290

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    Sixth Map of Asia.
    Tabvla Sexta De Asia
    This map of the Roman province of Asia is from Ptolemy's Geographia, which was published in 1482 in an edition by Francesco Berlinghieri. The depiction of Arabia is regarded as the basis for future representations of the peninsula, which changed as new and more accurate geographic information reached Europe. The Qatar Peninsula is labeled Ichthiophagi--literally, "fish eaters." It is accurately located on the southern...
    • Contributor: Ptolemy, 2nd Century - Berlinghieri, Francesco
    • Date: 1482
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    Mappamundi. Little is known about the 15th-century Venetian geographer and cosmographer Giovanni Leardo, beyond the fact that three of his world maps have survived from late-medieval times, signed by their creator. This is the oldest world map held in the library of the American Geographical Society, and it is considered the finest example of a medieval mappamundi in the Western hemisphere. Leardo's two other maps,...
    • Contributor: Leardo, Giovanni, Flourished 1440
    • Date: 1452
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    Geography.
    Clavdii Ptholemei Alexandrini philosophi Cosmographia
    Claudius Ptolemaeus (circa 100--circa 170), known as Ptolemy, was an astronomer, mathematician, and geographer of Greek descent who lived and worked in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. In his Geography, Ptolemy gathered all the geographic knowledge possessed by the Greco-Roman world. He used a system of grid lines to plot the latitude and longitude of some 8,000 places on a map that encompassed the...
    • Contributor: Sweynheim, Konrad, 1477 - Ptolemy, 2nd Century - Buckinck, Arnold
    • Date: 1478

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