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"Etymologiae de summon bono"
The complete book in two parts, folio, 31x20,5cm In a modern stiff paper binding contained in a leather box 4pp. index, 1 blank leaf, 101 numbered leaves, part 2 with 28 numbered 1-28 and two leaves index. On leaf 68 verso, the untitled woodcut world T-O map, diameter 6,7cm in text. Venice, Peter Loslein (1472) - 1483 In Europe in the Middle Age the common way of depicting the world was simple. The idea was that the surface of the Earth's land-masses made a circle surrounded by water. The land was divided in three parts separated by a cross, suggesting that Jerusalem was the center of the universe. The horizontal arms represent the rivers of the Nile and Don and the vertical the Mediterranean. The map is oriented with East at the top and Asia fills the upper half part of the circle, Europe and Africa the two bottom quarters. The continents are named after Noah's three sons Shem, Japeth, and Ham. Saint Isidore was the Bishop of Seville (fl. 599 - 636) who compiled a manuscript encyclopedia mainly of classical authors but also influenced by the beginnings of Christian scholarship. Isidore's text and map were first printed in 1472 and our version appeared in the 1483 edition of his encyclopedia.The different versions of the incunabula printed T-O maps are thoroughly described in Campbell, page 109 and our map is illustrated in image 11, number 80.. The book is excellent. On leaf one a contemporary ink notation with title and a weak dampstain. The map - Rodney Shirley "The Mapping of the World" Entry 1, "Journeys Of The Imagination - An Exhibition of World Maps and Atlases from the collections of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library April 2006 through August 2006" The Boston Public Library 2006, page 16 illustrated and plate 4 illustrated, Tony Campbell "The Earliest Printed Maps 1472 - 1500" no. 80, illustrated under Isidore of Seville
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