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MACROBIUS, AMBROSIUS
In Somnium Scipionis, Lib. II. Saturnaliorum, Lib. VII. Ex variis, ac vetustissimis codicibus recogniti, & aucti.
Venetiis: Ioan. Gryphius excudebat, [1550], 8vo, 145 x 96mm. pp. 567, [65], Woodcut diagrams in the text and a fine world map on p 144. Early quarter vellum, with brown mottled paper boards, manuscript title on the spine. A very attractive copy, with annotations in the text by Segneri This copy has a famous provenance, belonging to the first Jesuit, preacher and writer of the Seventeenth-century Paolo Segneri and then to the great librarian from Lucca Giuseppe Martini. Written by Ambrosius Macrobius, this is a commentary on Cicero's Dream of Scipio. It includes a rare woodcut map of the world, illustrating Cicero's interesting theories. This diagrammatic map shows two distinct regions of the earth. The inhabited Afro-Eurasian continent was balanced by an unknown, and relatively equal, landmass (Temperata Antipodum Nobis Incognita) on the other side of an impassable torrid zone (Perusta) and a great boiling sea (Alveus Oceani). It was this notion of antipodean balance and landmass equivalence that continued to attract Renaissance minds to the geographical ideas of Macrobius. Distinguished cartographers like Mercator and Ortelius would later incorporate Macrobius' model into an immense southern continent (Australis Incongita) to balance the known lands of the world, and the division of the world into climactic zones is still in use today. According to King, this example of the ancient world is the 5th version, published by Sebastian Gryphius in Lyons. What is most notable is that his 'geographic concept . is different from that of Ptolemy' (Shirley). The northern half of the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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