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Kraus 13, Etymologiae. Isidori Iunioris Hispalensis Episcopis Epistola. (1472 )

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Title   Etymologiae. Isidori Iunioris Hispalensis Episcopis Epistola.
Cartographer   Isidore, of Seville, Saint, d. 636
Subject   World maps
Publisher   Zainer, Günther, d. 1478
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Date(s)   1472
Format   Printed map
Kraus catalog no.   13
Dimensions in mm.   262 x 202 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


The Etymologiae is a late classical encyclopaedic compendium of human knowledge which for much of the Middle Ages represented almost the only body of scientific information readily available. The present edition is especially notable for including the small T-shaped map on leaf 181 recto, the first map of the world printed anywhere (detail shown here). The device had been introduced by Isidore.

HC 9273; Klebs 536.2; Osier(IM) 13; Polain(B) 2135; Pr 1532; BMC II, 3171; Schreiber 4266; Schramm II, nos. 285-289; IGI 5404; Census I-181.

Destombes, Catalogue des cartes gravées . . . XV s., no. 20.