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Nueva descripcion del orbe de la Tierra. En que se trata de todas sus partes interiores, y exteriores, y circulos de la esphera, y de la inteligencia, uso, y fabrica de los mapas, y tablas geographicas, assi universales, y generales, como particulares
1681 - Rare 17th century Spanish treatise on Navigation, Geography and Cartography. 1681. Valencia. Joan Lorenzo Cabrera. In folio. 1 ff. [frontispiece] 13 ff. + 590 + 14 ff. Contemporary vellum, back cover with large piece restored, spine lettered in ink. A large copy, very crisp and fresh, with several inserted contemporary manuscript notes interleaved and notes on folios 262 and 273; three index leaves with mainly marginal restoration, slightly affecting text, and light dampstaining. First –and only- edition. A remarkable Spanish treatise, encompassing navigation, geography, cartographer and astronomy, with a strong emphasis the New World; its contents include a lengthy chapter on the compass and the magnet (pp. 294-317). The American portion comprises chapters on the natural history and its mineral resources –precious stones, “ this volume is a mine of information on natural science with emphasis on cartography and navigation.” (Lathrop Harper, 1971, 204). The work is based his work on those of de Jode, Fine, Thevet, Gastaldi, Ortelius, Frisius, Riccioli, Mercator, and many others. Olmo (1611 - 1696) was a disciple of the Jesuit mathematician Jose de Zaragoza and secretary to the inquisition of Valencia; by the 1650’s he had already published his Lithologia, demonstrating knowledge of cartography and geography, later his Geometria especulativa y practica de los planos y solidos (1671). This is his most important work, a fine example of Spanish humanistic geography and information of the world; furthermore, c. 700 authors are quoted in it, living proof of his erudition. The illustration comprises an engraved frontispiece with for emblems enclosed in medallion and in the corners maps of the four continents, numerous scientific woodcuts in text, and one volvelle, which is completed in facsimile –although the usual references don’t mention a volvelle. Provenance: a near contemporary letter inserted between ff. 96/97 “Repaso sobre la Circumferencia de la Tierra”, possibly a student’s copy; first blank with manuscript monogram, which we have been unable to decipher. Palau, 201032. Sabin, 57230. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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