Le Relationi Universali di Giovanni Botero Benese, divise in quattro parti…. Giovanni BOTERO.
Le Relationi Universali di Giovanni Botero Benese, divise in quattro parti…
Le Relationi Universali di Giovanni Botero Benese, divise in quattro parti…

Le Relationi Universali di Giovanni Botero Benese, divise in quattro parti…

Venice: Appresso Agostino Angelieri, 1607-1608.

The four parts in one volume, small quarto, four divisional titles with woodcut ornament, with engraved folding maps of Europe, Africa, Asia and America; contemporary limp vellum.

Fine maps, including Corsali's New Guinea and "Terre incognite Australis"

A classic of early political geography, offering a vast collection of geographical, historical, religious, cultural, economic and political information on all parts of the world then known. This is an early edition of Botero's universal geography, which had been first printed in Rome in 1591. There were numerous subsequent editions. Unlike most sixteenth century descriptions of far-off places, it was partly compiled from the author's first-hand knowledge, with additions based on the reports of others. Botero, a Jesuit priest until middle age, travelled widely to investigate the condition of the Christian faith and the state of the Church at the furthest reaches of missionary activity. The observations made during these tours form the basis of his book, which deals with the physical and human geography of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and the East Indies. Four engraved maps in the main body of the work, by the cartographer Giuseppe Rosaccio, engraved by Girolamo Porro, illustrate Europe, Asia, Africa and America.

A classic of early political geography, offering a vast collection of geographical, historical, religious, cultural, economic and political information on all parts of the world then known. This is an early edition of Botero's universal geography, which had been first printed in Rome in 1591. There were numerous subsequent editions. Unlike most sixteenth century descriptions of far-off places, it was partly compiled from the author's first-hand knowledge, with additions based on the reports of others. Botero, a Jesuit priest until middle age, travelled widely to investigate the condition of the Christian faith and the state of the Church at the furthest reaches of missionary activity. The observations made during these tours form the basis of his book, which deals with the physical and human geography of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and the East Indies. Four engraved maps in the main body of the work, by the cartographer Giuseppe Rosaccio, engraved by Girolamo Porro, illustrate Europe, Asia, Africa and America.

The Asia and America maps both show substantial representations of New Guinea with, in the Asia map, a "Terre incognite Australis" below. In the America map. the extensive representation of the Pacific finishes at left with a very large New Guinea, with a note that it was named "terre Piccinnacoli" by the Florentine traveller Andrea Corsali. This name appears in different forms in maps of the period, sometimes as "terra psittacorum" or Land of Parrots; Corsali was of course the first man to identify, describe and illustrate the stars of the Southern Cross.

Provenance: Biblioteca Bardi-Serzelli (of Altomena, near Florence, with bookplate); John Chapman (Melbourne collector, with bookplate); private collection (Sydney).

Alden, 659-22; Borba de Moraes, I, 114; Burden, Mapping of North America, 149; Sabin, 6800; Streit, I, 242 & 565.

Condition Report: A very good, fresh copy; binding a little stained but in excellent original condition.

Price (AUD): $3,600.00

US$2,705.75   Other currencies

Ref: #5000510

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