STRABO (64/63 B.C.-ca 25 A.D.) - Translated and edited by Guilielmus Xylander
Rerum geographicarum libri septemdecim
Basel: Henrich Petri, August 1571. Folio. (13 3/4 x 8 5/8 inches). Text in two columns in Greek and Latin. Woodcut initials, printer's woodcut device on title-page, smaller device on verso of last leaf, 27 double-page woodcut maps by Sebastian Munster, 6 smaller maps in the text by Johann Honter and others, one woodcut text diagram. 17th century manuscript inscription on verso of title.
Contemporary limp vellum, manuscript title on the spine
Early edition of Strabo's Geography.
One of the earliest and most important scientific treatises on historical geography, and Strabo's only surviving work, the Geographia represents an initial attempt to compile geographical knowledge in a unified manner. The work provides a survey of the topographical, historical, and political characteristics of the principal regions of the Roman world, also including information concerning philosophy, political theory, geology, mathematics, science, and history. Xylander's edition of Strabo is illustrated with most of the maps used in Sebastian Munster's editions of Ptolemy, printed by Heinrich Petri and his heirs from 1540.
Adams S-1907; BM/STC German, p.834; Phillips Atlases 3390; Shirley, British Library G.STR-1a; Nordenskjold 287.