Mela, Pomponius: Cosmographia, sive De situ orbis.

Edited by Hermolaus Barbarus.

[Venice:  Simon Bevilaqua, ca. 1498]
4to.   a-h4 i6.   [38] leaves.  Woodcut initials.
ISTC im00454000;  Goff M454;  Walsh 2535;  Bod-inc M-180.

Goff, Proctor and others assign to Simon Bevilaqua.   IGI, followed by CIBN, assigns to the Printer of the 'Nomen Jesu', but see Walsh's reasons for rejecting the latter attribution – ISTC. 

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian By.3.13 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “N.6.5”.
Binding: 18th-century brown calf decorated with triple gold fillets;  gold-tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  red-edged leaves;  green silk bookmark.   Size:  205 x 150 mm.
Leaf size: 201 x 143 mm.
Annotations: Unidentified symbol written in ink at lower outer corner of first leaf of some gatherings;  early signature collation given on the blank page i6v;  18th-century code in ink on rear free endpaper “nbatt” or perhaps “12batt” with a bar above and below the code (for a closely similar code, see infra BD7-d.16 Appianus, Historia Romana, Venice: Bernhard Maler (Pictor), Erhard Ratdolt and Peter Löslein, 1477).
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.


Opening Page of Book I from 'Cosmographia'