Recherches sur la géographie systématique et positive des anciens; pour servir de base à l'histoire de la géographie ancienne. Pascal François Joseph GOSSELLIN.

Recherches sur la géographie systématique et positive des anciens…
Recherches sur la géographie systématique et positive des anciens; pour servir de base à l'histoire de la géographie ancienne.

Paris: Imprimerie de la République, Imprimerie Impériale, An VI [1798] to 1813.

Four volumes, quarto, with 53 maps on 28 folding plates and an engraved compass rose; contemporary half calf and marbled boards, original spines with double labels retained.

Greek and Roman geographers.

Only edition of this substantial study of the geography of the ancients, analysing their understanding and mapping from Europe and Africa to as far afield as India and the Indian Ocean. Various maps show the knowledge or imagination of early geographers such as Ptolemy, Strabo, Pomponius Mela, Herodotus and Isidore of Seville, while the text deals exhaustively with the history of geography and geographers, however obscure. As a test for example it is interesting to see that Cosmas Indicopleustes is discussed at some length.

Only edition of this substantial study of the geography of the ancients, analysing their understanding and mapping from Europe and Africa to as far afield as India and the Indian Ocean. Various maps show the knowledge or imagination of early geographers such as Ptolemy, Strabo, Pomponius Mela, Herodotus and Isidore of Seville, while the text deals exhaustively with the history of geography and geographers, however obscure. As a test for example it is interesting to see that Cosmas Indicopleustes is discussed at some length.

Pascal-François Gossellin (1751-1830) travelled widely through Europe as a young man, while his parents encouraged him to learn the ways of business. He joined the Royal Council of Commerce in 1784, and later the central administration under Louis XVI. He continued to travel, and developed friendships with Necker and Voltaire, both then in Switzerland.

However he was always pulled towards the world of learning and especially the study of ancient geography. In 1790 he won a competition set by the Academie Royale des Inscriptions (see above) and the following year he was elected to membership.

When the Revolution came he devoted himself to research for this book, analysing all the texts to which he had access. The book was published in two halves, fifteen years apart, with the second half appearing just before the restoration of the monarchy. His involvement with the world of learning included his appointment as President du conservatoire at the Bibliothèque Nationale in 1803.

Brunet, II, 1673.

Condition Report: Some sporadic browning or spotting; joints repaired retaining original spines, a few marks and minor scars to bindings but nonetheless a solid and quite attractive set.

Price (AUD): $2,700.00

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Ref: #4102412

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