Orbis Breviarium. Zacharias. Bp. d. c. 1506 LILIUS.
Orbis Breviarium.
Orbis Breviarium.
“THIS CURIOUS AND LEARNED GEOGRAPHICAL WORK” — SABIN

Orbis Breviarium.

Naples, Ayolfus de Cantono 9 November 1496.

4to (215 x 151 mm.). [iix], [216]p. Roman type, shoulder notes, printed guide letters, one rubricated three-line initial, one recto with capitals stroked in red, TWO HALF-PAGE WOODCUT MAPS — the climate zones and the three continents encircled by the ocean, A FINE WHITE- AND BLACK-LINE WOODCUT FRAME of dolphins, cornucopia, foliage, scholars, lovers, etc., Cantono’s white-line device on the final verso.

Contemporary limp vellum (soiled), leather sewing cords laced through the spine, evidence of four pigskin ties, manuscript spine titles.

 “THE FIRST GAZETTEER TO APPEAR FOLLOWING THE LANDFALL OF COLUMBUS IN THE WEST INDIES” (White), an alphabetic summary of universal geographic and anthropologic knowledge. In his preface, Lilius justified the explicit omission from his work of “certain islands”, as they were not affirmed by traditional authorities.
     This is the second edition. The first appeared in June 1493, just as word of Columbus’ discovery began circulating in print in Italy under the title, Letter on the Islands of India. By the end of 1496, Lilius openly doubted the existence of the New World in print in his essay “Against the Antipodes” (in Origin and Praise of the Sciences).
     This is one of the seven surviving editions signed by Neapolitan printer Ayolfus de Cantono, whose elegant white-line border frame decorates the text opening.
     In good condition (two natural paper flaws, one affecting a few sorts), with scattered contemporary marginal notes; contemporary inscription of Fratris Andreae Mocte Castellaci, bookplates of Alfred Ehrman and of his Broxbourne Library (The Broxbourne Library (1978) 378 & reprod.).
¶White, “National Gazetteers of the United States” in Names 18 (1970) 9-19; Klebs, Incunabula scientifica 607.2; Campos, Technology, Scientific Speculation and the Great Discoveries 512-3; Sander, Le Livre à figure italien 3975; ISTC il00219000; Goff L-219; see Sabin’s A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 41066.

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