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DIONYSIUS PERIEGETES and POMPONIUS MELA
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[Geneva], Henri Estienne, 1577. [BLANKAART’S COPY] Large 4to, pp. [8], 158, [24], 47, [1], 152. Greek and Roman letter; large printer’s device on title; floriated initials, typographical head-pieces and simple diagrams; very slight browning, light waterstain to outer upper corners of final gatherings. A very good, wide-margined copy in nearly contemporary French vellum; repair to head of spine, small crack to tail of front joint; circular armorial bookplate of John, 3rd Baron Carteret of Hawnes, 1841, on front pastedown; early printed Greek ex libris on label at foot of title. Accurate edition of the two important geographical texts of antiquity, used for centuries as textbooks on the subject. Dionysius Periegetes (2nd century AC) was a Greek poet, who epitomised in verse the geographical knowledge of his time, exerting great influence over Roman and medieval scholarship through the Latin transpositions of his work made by Avenius and Priscian. Pomponius Mela (died c.45 AD) was the most prominent of Latin geographers, largely employed as an authoritative source by Pliny in the geographical section of his Historia naturalis. Following coastlines, Mela provides a ground-breaking description of Western Europe and British Isles, though less detailed as regards Asia and Africa than his Greek colleagues, especially Strabo. With the help of his brother-in-law, the brilliant humanist Isaac Causabon (1559-1614), Henri Estienne made relevant additions and improvements to previous editions, including his father’s. The volume also includes Aethicus’s Cosmographia, Solinus’s Polyhistor … [Click Below for Full Description]
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