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Berlinghieri’s Geography Unveiled Berlinghieri’s Geography was printed by Tedescho, dedicated to Federico d'Urbino and published in Florence in 1482. The text is written in vernacular language, in terza rima corresponding with Dante's Divina Commedia, instead of Latin. For the maps Marinus of Tyre's rectangular projection method has been used except for the world map. Next to the printed edition, two beautiful manuscript versions on parchment have been preserved. Several of the earliest printed copies were illuminated, gold heightened, and with miniatures decorated for high-ranking persons. Despite this atlas having been researched by multiple scholars in the past, several hitherto unanswered questions remained. These prompted our research. Over the past five years, we have studied more than 40 extant copies in Europe. In this book we unveil most of the previously unsolved issues, show the paper use in Tedescho’s printing office and display the watermarks found in the paper. In addition, we describe new findings such as the existence of proofs, multiple states of almost every map in the atlas, and the method of production of the manuscripts and their relation to the printed edition.
Authors dr. R.H.J. Peerlings Robert Peerlings (* 1963) has been active as an orthodontist in private practice since 1991. In 1992 he finished a PhD research at the Radboud University Nijmegen concerning the effect of orthodontic treatment on dento-facial esthetics. Other publications in his specialty included a case report and a multi practice clinical trial. He has been engaged in administrative, educational and scientific activities in his profession. Since 2003 he developed an interest in cartography and collecting maps with a special interest in Ptolemy. This led to the publication of two articles about the different Rome Cosmography editions in the journal Quaerendo, in 2017 and 2018. dr. F. Laurentius Frans Laurentius (* 1971) has been active as an art historian and art dealer since 1998. His main interests are prints and drawings. He has been engaged in paper- and watermark research for over 25 years. In 1998 he attained the title of master in the arts with a catalogue and biography concerning the artist-family Janson from Leiden. In 2007 and 2008 he published two large catalogues of watermarks from the Zeeland Archives. In 2010 he finished a PhD research at the University of Utrecht concerning the print publisher Clement de Jonghe. Next to these activities he has been active in archeological projects and research into the material culture in the Netherlands between 1550 and 1850.