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    First Heresbach Edition of Strabo's Geography

    Strabo (Strabonis). [Conrad Heresbach and Hieronymus Gemusaeus, editors]. [Veronese Guarino and Gregorio Tifernate, translators]. Strabonis Geographicorum lib. XVII... Epitomae eorundem decem & septem de Geographia librorum, nunc primum de Graeco sermone in Latinum conversae... Basilae (Basel): Johannes Walder, 1539. First Heresbach edition. Folio. a4, b-g6, h4, a-2B5 (lacks 2B6, blank). (88), 549, (1), (24) pages. Printer's device on title page, illustrated initials. Contemporary decorative stamped calf, rebacked, few chips on boards. Hinges started. Original clasp hardware intact, lacking straps. Armorial book plate, owners name removed from top, but signed in small print "AB". Small neat inscription on title page, first few leaves soiled, creased, and worn at edges; second leaf with tear at top (removal of previous owner's signature), not affecting text. Damp stains. Last few leaves worn at edges. Lacks final leaf, 2B6 (blank, but for the printer's mark), no rear pastedown end paper, else in very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Strabo (circa 64 BC - circa 23 AD)... Greek geographer and historian, born at Amasia in Pontus, a city which had been much Hellenized, and was the royal residence of the kings of Pontus... The Geography is the most important work on that science which antiquity has left us. It was, as far as we know, the first attempt to collect all the geographical knowledge at the time attainable, and to compose a general treatise on geography... Strabo chiefly employed Greek authorities (the Alexandrian geographers Polybius, Posidonius and Theophanes of Mytilene, the companion of Pompey) and made comparatively little use of Roman authorities. Although he refers to Caesar's Commentaries once by name, and evidently made use of them in other passages, he but imperfectly availed himself of that work. He designed his geography as a sequel to his historical writings, and it had as it were grown out of his historical materials, which were chiefly Greek. Moreover Strabo probably amassed his material in the library of Alexandria, so that Greek authorities would naturally furnish the great bulk of his collections... He designed the work for the statesman rather than for the student. He therefore endeavors to give a general sketch of the character, physical peculiarities and natural productions of each country, and consequently gives us much valuable information respecting ethnology, trade and metallurgy. It was almost necessary that he should select what he thought most important for description, and at times omit what we deem of more importance. With respect to physical geography; his work is a great advance on all preceding ones... The work consists of seventeen books, of which the seventh is imperfect. The first two are introductory, the next eight deal with Europe (two being devoted to Spain and Gaul, two to Italy and Sicily, one to the north and east of Europe, and three to Greek lands). The eleventh book treats of the main divisions of Asia and the more easterly districts, the next three of Asia Minor. Book XV deals with India and Persia, book XVI with Assyria, Babylonia, Syria and Arabia, and the closing book with Egypt and Africa." - NNDB.

    Adams S1904. VD16 S9347. Schweiger I: 304. Hoffman III: 453 (1549). Graesse VI: 506.

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