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Synonymia Geographica, Sive Popularum, Regionum, Insularum.
Plantin, Antwerp, 1578. 4to. [23 x 16.5 cm], (4) ff., 417, (1) pp., (1) f. Bound in contemporary vellum over flexible boards, head slightly chipped; early signature on t-p. Woodcut ¿golden compass¿ device of the Plantin press on title. Generally good. First edition of this early modern geographical dictionary, published alongside the first Plantin edition of Ortelius¿ successful Theatrum orbis terrarum (Antwerp 1579), and listing thousands of names, both ancient and modern, for ¿peoples, regions, islands, great and small towns, mountains, foothills, forests, seas, bays, lakes¿ etc. depicted in the atlas. Earlier versions of the Synonymia had previously appeared as indices to the atlas, containing a little over 2,000 entries; ¿in all, this first version of Ortelius¿ geographical dictionary in the form of a separate book includes approximately 10,000 entries¿ (Meurer). Ortelius¿ methodology in the present volume differs from that of his earlier indices: a parallel glossary of non-Latin names has been turned into a bilingual appendix, and Ortelius relies almost completely on classical authors, quoting moderns only when he cannot go straight to the source. The significance of these alterations, for the author¿s role not as mapmaker but as linguist and lexicographer, is hard to overstate: his introduction declares that he undertook the new Synonymia largely out of frustration at the scholarly inadequacy of current Latin lexica (including earlier editions of his own), which frequently printed inexact or even nonexistent terms, sometimes on dodgy authority. * Voet 1835; Skelton, T … [Click Below for Full Description]
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