Ptolemy's map of Britain, 16th century

Ptolemy's map of Britain, 16th century

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Caption: Ptolemy's map of Britain. This map of the British Isles is from an edition of Ptolemy's 'Geographia' that was published in 1513 by German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller (c.1470-1520). Work on this edition started in 1505, but progress was slow and it was eight years before the maps were published. The text labels are in Latin, and this map is titled 'Tabula Prima Europae'. This 1513 atlas was a translation of Ptolemy's original work from Greek to Latin. Claudius Ptolemaeus, also known as Ptolemy, was an astronomer and geographer who lived in the 2nd century in the Greek culture of Roman Egypt. Scotland is tilted to one side on this map.

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