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Macrobii Ambrosii Aurelii Theodosii, Uiri Consularis ...

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Macrobii Ambrosii Aurelii Theodosii, Uiri Consularis ... : A. Macrobius

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An early world delineation following the classical T-O prototype. This is a sixteenth-century version of a commentary on Cicero, originally written by the fourth-century philosopher Macrobius. First printed in Brescia in 1483 this translation includes numerous diagrams and one famous world map. This small and early woodblock map, a successor to the simple diagrammatic T-O representation, visualised one northern and one southern continent. It is based on Greek beliefs with an all encompassing outer ocean, surrounded by decorative windheads within an outer sphere. The geography is recognisable, though vague, and represents a surprisingly advanced classical view of the world. Tp (lower margin added), pp.1-565, pp.[LV]. Old ms annotations. Contemporary vellum with some loss at top of spine and chipped edges. Map fine.
region: World Maps
mapmaker: A. Macrobius
place and date of publication: Venice 1574
medium and colour: woodblock, Uncoloured
size in mm: 150 by 80mm (6 by 3.25 inches).
ref: 26972
literature: Campbell, The Earliest Printed Maps, pp.114-7. cf.Shirley 13

Price: £ 1200

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