Mela, Pomponius: Cosmographia, sive De situ orbis.

Add:  Dionysius Periegetes:  De situ orbis.   Translated by Priscianus.

Venice:  Erhard Ratdolt, 18 July 1482.
4to.   A-F8.   [48] leaves.
Woodcut initials;  woodcut map on A1r.
ISTC im00452000;  GW M34876;  Goff M452;  BMC V 286 (IA. 20518);  Bod-inc M-179;  CIBN M-283;  BSB-Ink P-687.

GIP number: M26
Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson An-y.21 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  source unknown;  purchased 22 Mar. 1889 according to Ferguson’s pencil acquisition note "John Ferguson Glasgow March 22, 1889" on front pastedown, together with his later note concerning another copy “Rosenthal’s Cat. 100 Jan. Feb. 1899 No 1102, price 250 M[arks] - or £12.10/ !”
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: 18th-century(?) parchment;  covers decorated with a double blind-fillet border and lozenge-shaped centre-piece;  manuscript spine title.   Size:  204 x 153 mm.
Leaf size: 199 x 144 mm.
Annotations: Marginal annotations in an early hand on C1r-C1v;  numbers “I” – “XV” (denoting divisions of text) supplied in faded red in top margin of many leaves in the Cosmographia.
Decoration: Woodcut initials decorated in blue or faded red;  paragraph marks supplied in faded red.
Imperfections: None.


Map of the World from Mela's 'Cosmographia'