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Pomponii Melae De orbis situ libri tres, accuratissime eme[n]dati.

Mela, Pomponius.

Published by [Chr?tien Wechel], Lutetiae Parisiorum, 1530
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Mela's work De orbis situ libri tres (a.k.a., De chorographia) is, of course, a standard and famous work of ancient geography and, dating from the first century A.D., is the oldest surviving geographical text written in Latin. It enjoyed readership for centuries in manuscript and was first printed in 1471 with eight subsequent incunable editions, while in the 16th century to 1530 there was virtually a new edition every other year: Clearly, it was => a book of interest and importance for the Renaissance. It is a short work; the Petit printing of it in 1513, for example, occupies only 60 pages. In this edition, however, Mela's text (printed in roman) is surrounded by => extensive commentary in italic by Joachim Vadianus (1484?1551), thus extending the whole to 196 pages. The volume ends with an appendix, "Loca aliquot ex Vadiani commentarijs summatim repetita, & obiter explicata," consisting of Vadian's study of Mela's work and attempting to address inconsistencies and problems in it. Printer Wechel has arrayed the commentary around the text here with => notable attractiveness, he has supplied quite a number and variety of attractive initials, and both his main title-page and the sectional one for the "Loca aliquot" are dramatically presented with the same => elaborate multipart woodcut title border. Although Mela's work is solely concerned with the world as known by Greeks and Romans, one should remember that their world did encompass portions of Africa and a knowledge of India. Additionally the appendix, originally written in 1521 and first appearing in the 1522 Basel printing of Mela, has a coda consisting of a 1515 letter of Vadian?s to Rudolph Agricola, the younger, that briefly discusses => Vespucci (X5v) and the New World (Y1r) when discussing the Spanish empire. This is the third edition of Vadian's Mela, taken from the second edition (1522), but only the second with Vadian's appendix. Graesse comments, "Second ?d. . . . fort chang?e et corrig?e sur des mss." Whether all copies of the work were issued with a map has been long discussed and is without resolution: What we do know is that some have a map, most do not. Provenance: Macclesfield copy with the bookplate and handsome pressure-stamps. Evidence of readership: Scattered minor (usually one or two words) marginalia. Folio (34 cm; 13.25"). [14] ff., 196 p., [1] f., [28] ff. (without the fold. map, if one was actually issued with it). Harrisse, BAV, 157; Renouard, Paris, 2210; Alden & Landis 530/30; Sabin 63958 (not callin for a map); Graesse, V, 401 (not calling for a map). 18th-century quarter vellum with blue-green paper?covered sides, author's name in old ink to spine. Title-page lightly soiled, light discoloration or inkstains in some margins, light occasional foxing; pinhole-type worming in text of some pages with no loss of text, and a corner of last leaf torn away without loss of text; on pp. 170?96, a light waterstain across upper gutter not touching text and another across upper outer corners impinging on it. As usual, without the map found in only a few copies. Macclesfield pressure-stamps and marginalia as above. => A good, sound, and soundly pleasing old folio. Bookseller Inventory # 34114

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Title: Pomponii Melae De orbis situ libri tres, ...

Publisher: [Chr?tien Wechel], Lutetiae Parisiorum

Publication Date: 1530

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