First Ulm edition, based directly on a manuscript of Ptolemy’s Geographia by the cartographer Donnus (or Dominus) Nicolaus Germanus, a Benedictine monk from the diocese of Breslau.The Ulm Ptolemy was the first atlas to be printed outside Italy. It was also the first in which the maps were prepared as woodcuts instead of engravings, and the map of the world, signed by Johannes Schnitzer, is the first signed, printed map of its kind. The Ulm edition is also the first to include a corpus of five modern maps, incorporating new geographical discoveries, in addition to the Ptolemaic corpus. The new maps depict Spain, Italy, France, Scandinavia and Palestine. This is a splendid copy of one of the most ambitious projects in the history of early printing.The expense of the production eventually bankrupted Holle.