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Lot 82

POMPONIUS MELA 1784 ANTIQUE SCHOOL PRIMED VELLUM BINDING CLASSICAL LATIN WORKS

Estimate: $525 - $600

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Year/Century: 18th century
Language: Latin
Subject: Literature & Fiction
Binding: Vellum
Description: Mela, P., Libri III: De situ orbis. Edited by J. Perizonius, A. Gronovius, and O.J. Nunnesius. Luchtmans et Phil., Leyden, S., 1748Two sections in a single volume Five by eight inches (20), 375, (5), 379-1081, (55) pages, including an engraved frontispiece, a fold-out map, and illustrations Original vellum with silk ties, a gold coat of arms of AMERSFOORT in the center, and an aesthetically pleasing border with corner fleurons on both covers. Title and last page bear a little stamp; binding is soiled; ties are deteriorated. Including the 1784 prize to "Theodorum Halswijk". Latin text Rome's first geographer was Pomponius Mela, who lived around AD 43. He passed away around AD 45 and was born in Tingentera, which is now Algeciras. De situ orbis libri III., his brief book, was in use almost until the year 1500. The Encyclopaedia Britannica (1911) describes it as "dry in style and deficient in method, but of pure Latinity, and occasionally relieved by pleasing word-pictures." It is less than a hundred pages of standard type. The De situ orbis is the only formal treatise on the subject written in Classical Latin, with the exception of the geographical sections of Pliny's Historia naturalis, where Mela is cited as a significant authority.

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