Lot 1122: Philipp Culver / Petr Bertio INTRODUCTIONIS IN UNIVERSAM GEOGRAPHIAM / BREAVARIUM TOTIUS ORBIS TERRARUM 1629 Antique Geography Engraved Fold-Out Map
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Introductionis in Universam Geographiam Tam Veterem Quam Novam, Libri VI / Brevarium Totius Orbis Terrarum
Author: Petr. Bertio, Philipp Cluver - Philipp Cluver (also Kluwer, Cluwer, or Cluvier, Latinized as Philippus Cluverius and Philippi Cluverii) was an Early Modern German geographer and historian. Cluver was an antiquary, who was given a special appointment at Leiden as geographer and put in charge of the university's library, but his life's project, it developed, was a general study of the geography of Antiquity, based not only on classical literary sources, but — and this was his contribution — supplemented by wide travels and local inspections. He became virtually the founder of historical geography.
Cluver's first work, in 1611, concerning the lower reaches of the Rhine and its tribal inhabitants in Roman times ("Commentarius de tribus Rheni alveis, et ostiis; item. De Quinque populis quondam accolis; scilicet de Toxandris, Batavis, Caninefatibus, Frisiis, ac Marsacis") touched a source of national pride among the Seventeen Provinces, for the Dutch were enjoying a twelve years' truce in their Eighty Years' War of liberation.
Cluver's "Germaniae antiquae libri tres" (Leiden, 1616) depends on Tacitus and other Latin authors. A volume on the antiquities of Sicily, with notes on Sardinia and Corsica ("Sicilia Antiqua cum minoribus insulis ei adjacentibus item Sardinia et Corsica"), published at Leiden by Louis Elsevier in 1619, is a useful source, with many reference from writers of Antiquity and maps that are often detached and sold to map collectors. His "Introductio in universam geographiam," totally 6 parts, (published posthumously from 1624) was the first comprehensive modern geography, and became a standard geographical textbook.
Cluver was also a prolific a writer on mathematical and theological subjects. He is remembered by collectors and historians of cartography for his edition of Ptolemy's "Geographia" (based on Mercator's edition of 1578) and for miniature atlases that were reprinted for most of the 17th century. Many of his maps were etched for him by Petrus Bertius. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 352/70 pages
Width: 2.25" Height: 4.25"
Book Details: Cluver's "Introductio in universam geographiam," totally 6 parts (published posthumously from 1624), was the first comprehensive modern geography, and became a standard geographical textbook.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in paper-covered boards, with a faded spine label. The exterior displays age toning, and cracking along the spine cover. The blank preliminary pages show minor insect damage. There is a library stamp on the verso of the title page. The hinges are beginning to separate. The pages exhibit age toning and moderate foxing.
The second title bound in this volume is by Petrus Bertius (1565-1629), who went to Leyden at the age of twelve and was for a time Librarian of the University. Later he became the official historiographer to Louis XIII of France. His "Breviarum Orbis Terrarum" was separately published, but is usually found attached to Culver's Introductionis. Many of Culver's maps were etched for him by Bertius.
The work is illustrated with a fold-out map and fold-out chart, as well as two plates that appear to have been partially excised along a seam.
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