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De situ orbis.
Venice: in the house of Aldus and Andrea Torresani, November, 1516. Fine Greek printing in black and red; the Macclesfield copy Folio (305 x 209 mm). Bound for the earls of Macclesfield in 19th-century red hard-grain morocco by Hatton of Manchester, gilt arms on covers, gilt edges. Later leather-entry slipcase, red moire cloth sides.Woodcut Aldine device on title-page and final verso, headpieces, initial and titles to each book printed in red, Greek type. First large initial drawn in brown and red ink, a few annotations in Greek. From the library of the Earls of Macclesfield, with armorial bookplate dated 1860; sale, Sotheby's, 15 March 2007, lot 3293. Leaves b6-c5 with some staining, creasing and a few marginal tears, other occasional light soiling, leaf m4 folded in at fore edge to preserve the Greek marginalia, showing the book to have been only lightly trimmed, the paper generally fresh, clean, and strong, an excellent copy. Editio princeps, that is, the first edition in the original Greek, of the first attempt at a unified treatise of geographical knowledge, which is "by far the most important source for ancient geography, a priceless document of the Augustan age, and a compendium of important material derived from lost authors" (Oxford Classical Dictionary, p. 1447). The Greek geographer, philosopher, and historian Strabo (64/63 BCE - c.24 CE) studied philosophy in Nysa and Rome, where he became a Stoic through the influence of Augustus' teacher Athenodorus, before travelling widely across the Roman Empire. He journeyed to Egypt and Kush, as far west as coastal Tus … [Click Below for Full Description]
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