Chicago Map Society: Renate Burri, Ayer MS 743 in the Newberry Library: A 'Lost' Manuscript of Ptolemy's Geography

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Chicago Map Society Meeting

Besides our wonderfully complete collection of printed editions of Ptolemy’s Geography, the Newberry owns three manuscript editions, two in Latin and one in Greek. The only Greek Ptolemy in North America came to Chicago as early as 1895, but until now it has never been intensively studied. Greek manuscripts of the Geography are the topic of Ms. Burri’s doctoral work, and she has already reveales to us new discoveries about the date and origins of the manuscript. Come join us as she introduces us to the manuscript tradition of the greatest cartographer who ever lived, and shares with us some of the unusual features of Ayer MS 743.