Peter Apian (1495-1552), Cosmographia (1574)

Peter Apian, Cosmographia (1574)

The work of Peter Apian was informed by his studies of mathematics at Vienna during the 1520s. He began to publish maps immediately after finishing his degree. As with much of his later work, his maps were largely based on astronomy and mathematical geography. The Cosmographicus liber was first printed in Landshut, in Bavaria, in 1524, and was reissued and enlarged by Apian's student Gemma Frisius in 1533. It followed the common labor-saving practice of integrating stereotype metal labels in wood-block.

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