MACROBIUS, Ambrosius Theodosius (fl. early 5th century). In somni Scipionis. Cologne: Eucharius Cervicornus, August 1521. Greek and roman types. Woodcut title border, text diagrams, zonal world map, initials from several sets, printer's device on final verso. (Occasional light staining.) [Bound with:] IRENICUS, Franciscus (FRIEDLIEB, Franz, 1494/5-1553). Germaniae exegeseos. - Conrad CELTES. Urbis Norinbergae descriptio. Hagenau: Thomas Anselm for Johann Koberger of Nuremberg, August 1536. Greek and roman types, some Hebrew. Text diagrams, printer's device at end. 2 works in one volume, 2° (295 x 199). Contemporary vellum, yapp fore-edges, title lettered on spine, green edges. Provenance: Jacob de Burck (early inscriptions) -- PIETER BURMANN THE ELDER (1669-1741; slightly later flyleaf inscription: Ex bibliotheca Viri Cl. Petri Burmanni) -- Briglands (bookplate).
A fine copy representing German humanism which once graced the library of the distinguished scholar and librarian, Pieter Burmann. Macrobius' text was the most widely read Latin compendium of Neoplatonic theory of the middle ages as well as being a popular guide to science, treating of the Pythagorean number, cosmography and geography. It is illustrated, as often, by a world map. The second work of German patriotism contains a prefatory letter by the humanist and patron of Dürer, Willibald Pirckheimer, and ends with Conrad Celtes's description of Nuremberg. I: Adams M-60; VD-16 M-49. II: Adams I-164; VD-16 F-2815.