Orbis breviarium, fide compendio ordineque captu, ac memoratu facillimum, felix & gratus legito. 

LILIUS Zacharias, Bishop of Sebaste (1540].)


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8vo (147 x 105mm. )  [88]ff., printed throughout in italic,  one-piece white on black woodcut border on title-page, f. 5 verso with a "T O" version world map and accompanying diagram showing the division of the world into six zones, woodcut initials throughout contemporary limp vellum, spine lettered

(Venice: for P. Facoli,

First published in 1493, only three 16th century editions of this world gazetter are recorded in Censimento, an undated edition of c. 1505, one of Vicenza c. 1507 and the present edition. Zaccaria Lilio (1452-c. 1522), Bishop of Sebaste, was compiler of this early geographical dictionary, the first to condense the writings of the ancient and medieval geographers into one work. The gazetter illustrates the state of geographical knowledge before Columbus' first voyage, with general descriptions of Europe, Africa and Asia as well as oceans, climates and islands, and the index lists over 260 cities.At the foot of C8v is added 'Florentia' and a reference to 'Tuscia'.


Censimento Edit 16 CNCE 36018

Stock Code: 47120

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