This early map engraving is from Claudius Ptolemaeus (Ptolemy) and Giovanni Antonio Magini’s Geographiae universae tum veteris, tum novae absolutissimum opus, duobus voluminibus distinctum. The work was published in Venice by S. Galignani de Karera’s Heirs in 1596. This is the first Magini edition. “The copperplate maps prepared for this edition, and engraved by Girolamo Porro, are on a smaller scale, and somewhat better executed than those in the editions of 1562.” (Phillips)
This work is considered a later published ediiton of Ptolemy (Ptolemaeus)s Geographia. The work was considered one of the most influential cartographic accounts of the ancient world and served as inspiration for all Renaissance mapmakers. He compiled what was known of the world’s geography in the Roman Empire during his time (circa 90-168 AD). Ptolemy was a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer, and poet. The earliest known manuscripts of Geographia date to 1300 and was first printed in 1477.