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Pomponius Mela. Julius Solinus
Florence,: the heirs of Filippo Giunta,, 1519.. Small octavo, italic letter, capital letters neatly rubricated; numerous annotations of differing vintage; an excellent copy in contemporary Italian vellum, flat spine lettered and banded in gilt. Scarce edition of this important collection of classical geographical texts, closely based on the Aldine edition published a year earlier, and including the especially famous works by Pomponius Mela and Julius Solinus. Pomponius Mela's work (see previous item) is the classic early exposition of the argument that the known landmasses in the northern hemisphere must have antipodean counterparts to balance them. Solinus was a legendary Roman geographer whose Polyhistor survived in manuscript until the age of printing, first appearing in print in Venice in 1473. His text, much of it based on Pomponius Mela, also incorporated material from Pliny's Natural History, as well as remarks on a number of historical, social, religious and natural history questions. Other material in this edition includes a translation into Latin of the Periegesis of Dionysius Afer, a 1st-century Greek world geography.Adams, M1054.
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