China in print and on paper, including the Library of Bernard Hanotiau and the Floyd Sully Collection
November 7, 2016, 1:00 PM GMT
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Lot 147: POMPONIUS MELA. DE SITU ORBIS. VENICE, ALDUS, 1518, VELLUM BINDING(51 views)
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Description: 8vo (164 x 100mm.), woodcut Aldine device on title-page and final verso (otherwise blank), both coloured in red ink, with blank leaves q8 and G3, numerous manuscript annotations in different hands, old limp vellum with yapp edges, paper spine label (slightly chipped), stain at upper corner of first few quires, small wormhole in lower margin in middle of volume, lacking two pairs of ties, binding slightly stained and cockled
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Provenance: Pontius Bardion, early inscriptions on title-page; Bibliothèque du clergé du Toulouse (seminary), bookplate, donated by Benoît d'Heliot (1695-1779)
Literature: Cataldi Palau 41; Censimento 16 CNCE 46864; Renouard 83/6; Texas 154; UCLA 171; Western Travellers in China 2
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