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Pomponius Mela | De situ orbis, Antwerp, Plantin, 1582, vellum

Estimate:

700 to - 1,000 GBP

Pomponius Mela | De situ orbis, Antwerp, Plantin, 1582, vellum

Pomponius Mela | De situ orbis, Antwerp, Plantin, 1582, vellum

Estimate:

700 to - 1,000 GBP

Lot sold:

756

GBP

Pomponius Mela


De situ orbis libri tres [edited by Andreas Schottus] (Geographica et historica Herodoti quae Latine Mela exscripsit). Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1582


4to (211 x 150mm.), woodcut Plantin device on title-page, double-page engraved map by Ortelius, with final blank, contemporary vellum, browned


Pomponius Mela, a native of southern Spain close to modern Gibraltar, composed his description of the world, in the form of a circuit around the Mediterranean, in the first half of the first century AD. The editor, André Schott, was a scholar from Antwerp who subsequently joined the Jesuits and composed other similar educational texts.


The engraved map "is one of the few maps signed by Ortelius. It reflects his classical interests and shows the ancient world supposedly according to the writings of Pomponius Mela. As well as Europe and Asia, Ortelius has included the whole of Africa with a note of apology for the anachronistic addition of the southern part" (Shirley).


LITERATURE:

Shirley 145; Voet 2082 & 2083


PROVENANCE:

Jesuits of Rome, Domus Probationis, booklabel on upper cover and ink stamps

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