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Reisch, Gregor
MARGARITA PHILOSOPHICA. FREIBURG IM BREISGAU: JOHANN SCHOTT, 1503
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Reisch, Gregor
MARGARITA PHILOSOPHICA. FREIBURG IM BREISGAU: JOHANN SCHOTT, 1503
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5,0007,000
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Reisch, Gregor
MARGARITA PHILOSOPHICA. FREIBURG IM BREISGAU: JOHANN SCHOTT, 1503
FIRST EDITION, 4to (207 x 150mm.), woodcut title-page, woodcut initials and illustrations, 2 folding woodcut plates, woodcut music (some in hufnagelschrift), folding woodcut map, woodcut printer's device on final verso, without final blank leaf, later vellum, a few small wormholes at beginning and end, small section at fore-edge of title-page excised, plates repaired along folds, map damaged and laid down (supplied from another copy)
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Provenance

Colloredo (the princely family of Austria, based in the castle of Opočno in Bohemia), stamp at foot of title-page; bought from Hans-Horst Koch, Berlin, 1997; Erwin Tomash, booklabel

Literature

Alden & Landis 503/6; Benzing-Müller II, p.71 no. 7; RISM B VI, 694; Shirley, Mapping of the World 22 (1); Tomash & Williams R66; USTC 675099; VD16 R1033; John Ferguson, "The Margarita philosophica of Gregorius Reisch: a bibliography" in The Library 10 (1929), pp.194-216

Catalogue Note

Reisch’s "Philosophical pearl" is an encyclopedic handbook of science, medicine, music, natural history and philosophy, which was widely used in universities and for private study throughout the sixteenth century. The author was prior of the Carthusian monastery at Freiburg and former tutor of the printer, Johann Schott. A section on geography is illustrated by a Ptolemaic map of the world showing the Indian Ocean enclosed by land, however Reisch shows awareness of the voyage of Vasco da Gama in a note thereon, announcing that - contrary to Ptolemy’s claims - "Here there is not land but sea, in which there are such islands not known by Ptolemy".

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