Antique woodcut map of Switzerland. Printed in Lyon by M. & G. Trechsel in 1535.

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Woodcut map of Switzerland by L. Fries. From the 1535 Lyon edition of Ptolemy's Geographia edited by M. Servetus and published by M. and G. Trechsel, printed from the 1522 woodblocks from the first Fries edition. With a beautiful woodcut title banner on top, which only appears in this 1535 edition. This is a sized reduced copy of the Waldseemuller maps from 1513, the first printed map of Switzerland.


CartographerLaurent Fries
TitleTabu. Nova Helvetiae
Publisher, YearM. & G. Trechsel, Lyon, 1535
Plate Size30.2 x 42.3 cm (11.9 x 16.7 inches)
Sheet Size42.0 x 55.5 cm (16.5 x 21.9 inches)
ReferenceBlumer 6; Karrow 28/47


Slightly waterstained in upper white margin. Very good copy.


Laurent Fries was a French physician and mathematician born around 1485 in Mulhouse. He settled finally in Strassburg where he meat Peter Apian and the publisher Johannes Grüninger which made him interested in the Ptolemy Atlas of 1513 and 1520. Fries made new woodcut maps in reduced size. His Ptolemy Atlas was published first in 1522, reissued in 1525, 1535 and 1541. He died in 1532.

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Antique woodcut map of Switzerland. Printed in Lyon by M. & G. Trechsel in 1535.

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