Le Petit Ptolomeo
15th century, circa 1484.
National Library of France.
The most beautiful copy of the Ptolemaic Cosmography to be found in the world’s libraries.
Made in the Italian workshops of Bernardo Silvano d’Eboli for the 3rd Duke of Atri, Matteo Acquaviva, an important bibliophile and humanist.
Latin. Exquisite calligraphy in gold, ornamented with fretwork.
An exceptionally rich and rare piece. A genuine jewel with gold and silver in its over 60 beautiful allegorical miniatures and precious maps of the world with sumptuous borders.
600 pages 145 x 267 mm.
Over 60 miniatures per page make the book more than a geography, it has all the charm and enchantment of a magnificent book of hours, hence its uniqueness.
Elegant binding in red velvet with clasps and fittings that perfectly recreate those that the manuscript itself originally had. Conservation display case. Accompanied by 2 volumes with extensive and rigorous studies and a complete translation of the original Latin text.
Limited edition of 898 numbered copies with notarial certificate.
♠ National Prize 2006. Best books published in 2005. Ministry of Culture. Modality: facsimile books.