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 map on A1r; woodcut initials.
ISTC im00452000;  Goff M452;  BMC V 286;  Bod-inc M-179.

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 on front pastedown, together with his 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(?) vellum, covers decorated with double blind fillets 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 Pomponius Mela.
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'