'Cosmographiae introductio' (1507)

'Cosmographiae introductio' (1507)

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Caption: 'Cosmographiae introductio' (1507), title page. This book was printed to accompany the globe and world map produced in 1507 by German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller (c.1470-1520). These contained the first use of the name America to refer to the New World, honouring the supposed discoverer of the continent, Amerigo Vespucci. The title (in Latin) translates as: 'Introduction to Cosmography with Certain Necessary Principles of Geometry and Astronomy, to which are added the Four Voyages of Amerigo Vespucci'. The next paragraph states the maps include lands unknown to ancient Greek geographer Claudius Ptolemy.

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