4 June 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 4,000
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
DIONYSIUS PERIEGETES (fl. 124 A.D.). De situ orbis. Translated by Antonius Beccaria. Venice: Franciscus Renner de Heilbronn, 1478.
Chancery 4° (204 x 141mm). Collation: a-c8 d-e6 (a1r translator's preface addressed to Hieronymus de Leonardis, a3r text, e5r colophon, e5v table of contents, e6v blank). 36 leaves. 4-line incipit printed in red. 26 lines, table in two columns, printed shoulder notes. Woodcut white-on-black initials. Type: 5:109bR. (Occasional light spotting, small marginal wormtrack in last two leaves.) Modern binding reusing old limp vellum (light stains).
Second separate edition of Dionysius' didactic compendium of geographical descriptions of the known world. Here it is in the prose translation by the Veronese humanist Antonio Beccaria; Dionysius' work first appeared in print in a free verse translation in Priscian's Opera in 1470 before the first Beccaria edition of 1477. H *6227; GW 8427; BMC V, 195 (IA. 19865); BSB-Ink. D-178; Hoffmann I, 594; Klebs 340.2; Goff D-254.
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