Item #5000460 Pomponius Mela, traduit en Français, sur l'édition d'Abraham Gronovius… Avec des Notes critiques… par C.-P. Fradin. Pomponius MELA.
Pomponius Mela, traduit en Français, sur l'édition d'Abraham Gronovius… Avec des Notes critiques… par C.-P. Fradin.

Pomponius Mela, traduit en Français…
Pomponius Mela, traduit en Français, sur l'édition d'Abraham Gronovius… Avec des Notes critiques… par C.-P. Fradin.

Paris: Ch. Pougens, 1804.

Three volumes, octavo, with two large folding engraved maps in the first volume; a fine set in contemporary French marbled calf gilt, flat spines panelled in gilt with double labels.

Pomponius Mela and the famous world map published in considerable French style

A very attractive copy of this interesting edition of the ancient geographer Pomponius Mela, based on Gronovius's standard edition of the text with the addition of a facing French translation and very extensive notes by Fradin. Published by the influential geographer (and translator of several First Fleeters) Pougens, this edition reappeared in 1827.

A very attractive copy of this interesting edition of the ancient geographer Pomponius Mela, based on Gronovius's standard edition of the text with the addition of a facing French translation and very extensive notes by Fradin. Published by the influential geographer (and translator of several First Fleeters) Pougens, this edition reappeared in 1827.

The first of the two large maps here shows a large antipodal continent: Pomponius Mela's view of the shape of the world incorporated a huge land mass surrounding the south pole - the "early notion of a fifth continent and that notion's important historical development as an intermingling of fact and fiction. The phantom of Terra Australis, an unknown south-land, haunted the minds and maps of cosmographers for more than two millennia… The landmasses of the northern hemisphere needed a counter-balance in the south. These speculations… were still influential in the eighteenth century until the time of James Cook. It was felt that an undiscovered southern continent had to exist because the known land masses of the southern hemisphere were not sufficient to balance those of the northern half of the globe…" (Schilder, Australia Unveiled, pp. 7-8).

Brunet, IV, 801.

Price (AUD): $2,250.00

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