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Rare map of part the Caspian and regions to the North and East, from the 1507 Rome Ptolemy, one of the legendary cartographic rarities. In 1507 and 1508, Bernardus Venetus de Vitalibus published editions of Ptolemy's Geography in Rome. It included not only the theretofore traditional 27 maps, but seven additional maps based on contemporary information. These are the first editions to include a world map showing the discoveries of the New World (by Johann Ruysch). The present map is printed on two sheets, and shows the Caspian (including mythical islands), Turkmenya, Sea of Azov (which is a lake), and a host of other early features. Excellent detail and a fine example of early 16th Century Italian printing. With the exception of the Ruysch World Map offered for $240,000 in 2001, no map from this atlas has appeared in a dealer catalogue since 1995. An essential map for collectors.