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Bernardus Sylvanus

Bernardus Sylvanus


Bernardus Sylvanus (Bernardo Silvano) was born around 1465 in Eboli, a small agricultural town near Salerno in southern Italy. He began studying Ptolemy around 1490, when he was living in Naples. At this time he ran a print shop or studio, producing maps and codices. It was here that he produced his first edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia in 1490, which he dedicated to Andrea Matteo Acquaviva, the third Duke of Atri. For this edition Sylvanus used coordinates and text from Jacopo d’Angelo’s translation, and copied the maps from a Roman printed edition of either 1478 or 1490 (both printed from the same plates). Sylvanus’ 1511 Venice edition of the Geographia built on his prior work, but was groundbreaking in several regards. It was the only edition to add modern updates directly into Ptolemy’s maps, the only edition at the time to print maps on both sides of the leaf, the first edition printed in two colors, and the first Italian edition to use woodblocks. Nothing is known of Sylvanus’ life after the publication of this edition.



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1511 - Undecima Asiae Tabula [India, Southeast Asia]

  • $14.99

First Two-Color Printed Map of Southeast Asia and Surrounding Areas From a Groundbreaking Edition of Ptolemy's Geographia Fine example of Bernardus Sylvanus’ map of Southeast Asia, China, India, and adjoining regions, from his Geographia published...


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1511 - Quarta Europae Tabula

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This is Sylvanus's scarce map of northern Europe, depicting the region encircled by the Rhine in the west, the Danube in the south, and the Vistula in the east. One of the earliest obtainable maps of the region, and the first printed in two colors,...


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1511 - Octava Europae Tabula [Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Baltic]

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Sylvanus' map of Poland, the Baltic, Russia and Ukraine, extending south to the Black Sea and west to the Vistula. Sylvanus's map is one of the earliest obtainable maps of the region and the first printed in two colors. The map appeared in Sylvanus'...


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1511 - Decima et Ultima Europa Tabula [Greece]

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One of the Earliest Maps of Greece To Incorporate Modern Geographical Details Fine example of Sylvanus' map of Greece, one of the earliest obtainable maps of the region and the first printed in two colors. Sylvanus' map of Greece is one of the...


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1511 - Sexta Asiae Tabula (Arabia)

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The First Map of the Arabian Peninsula Printed in Two Colors Fine, wide-margined example of Sylvanus' map of the Arabian Peninsula. This is one of the earliest obtainable maps of the region and was the first to be printed in two colors. The map...