Lot 49: Solinus (Gaius Julius)



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Lot 49: Solinus (Gaius Julius). Polyhistor, rerum toto orbe memorabilium thesaurus locupletissimus. Huic ob argumenti similitudinem Pomponii Melae de situ orbis libros tres, fide diligentiaque summa denuo iam recognitos, adiunximus. His accesserunt praeter priora scholia & tabulas geographicas permultas, Petri quoq[ue] Olivarii Valentini ... annotationes. Quibus & loci non pauci, a plerisq[ue] parum hactenus intellecti, dilucide illustrantur, & vetustis locorum appellationibus recentiora sigillatim nomina subijciuntur. Cum gemino indice, quorum alter supra res alias memorabiles, locorum ac regionum omnium, marium ac sinuum nomina, alter vero recentiores eorundem appellationes complectitur, Basel: Michaelem Isingrinium, 1543, two folding woodcut maps, 18 woodcut maps to text, woodcut device on title and verso of final leaf (otherwise blank), woodcut decorative initials, repair to lower outer corner of title, marginalia & underscoring to verso of 2B3, some dampstaining at head & foot, some light toning mostly to initial leaves, t.e.g., remainder untrimmed, early 20th century half straight-grain morocco gilt, small folio. Adams S1394, Graesse VI, 431. The maps are attributed to Sebastian Munster, who also edited the text. The first folding map shows Greece with Asia Minor. The second folding map shows Asia (Asia maior) and includes part of the Northwest American coastline (the oldest published in print map of the American Northwest, 'terra incognita'). The other woodcut map illustrations, of which two are full-page, show Italy with Sicily, Africa, the Holy Land, Rhodes island, the British Isles, Greece, & Russia etc. (1) Dominic Winter's Travel & Natural History, Early Printed Books, Maps, Globes & Decorative Prints, Science & Mathematics, Bookbinding Equipment Auction July 2015 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: £2500-3000
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