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Bod-Inc: M-175

Mela, Pomponius

Cosmographia, sive De situ orbis.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] Mela, Pomponius: Cosmographia, sive De situ orbis. Piergiorgio Parroni, Pomponii Melae De chorographia libri tres, Storia e Letteratura, 160 (Rome, 1984), 111-72; see CTC V 257-85.


Imprint: Milan: [Pamfilo Castaldi], 25 Sept. 1471. 4°.


Collation: [a–d8 e8+1 f g8 h4].

Remarks: See BMC note on collation (Sheppard).


ISTC: im00447000

Hain: HCR 11014;

Goff: Goff M‑447;

BMC: BMC VI 699;

Proctor: Pr 5768;

Others: CIBN M‑279; Oates 2250; Sheppard 4797. Microfiche: Unit 3: Image of the World: Geography and Cosmography.

LCN: 14453872


Copy number: M-175(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [h4].

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco; the spine tooled with urns and fleurons (similar tool on spine of Auct. L 5.27, Bod-inc. F‑106), triple fillets on both covers; gold-tooled turn-ins, gilt-edged leaves previously red, azure silk bookmark, and marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both pastedowns; both covers stamped with the arms of George John, 2nd Earl Spencer, impaling Bingham quartered with Turberville, motto: ‘Dieu defend le droit'.

Size: 190 × 140 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 187 × 130 mm.

On [a1r] a four-line initial ‘O' is supplied in gold within a square blue ground with white pen-work decoration, with foliate extensions of various colours into the margins and gold dots to form a border. The area defined by the letter is decorated with an unidentified coat of arms: azure, six billets in pile or, on a chief argent a lion passant (or statant) gules. A three-line initial is supplied in blue on [c5v].

Provenance: Unidentified early coat of arms; see above. George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834); cancelled accession number ‘3550'; purchased at his sale (1821), lot 250, for £3. 10. 0; see Books Purchased (1821), 10.

SHELFMARK: Auct. L 4.20.

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