Orbis Descriptio; Cum Commentriis Eustathii. Dionysius Periegetes.

Orbis Descriptio; Cum Commentriis Eustathii...

Oxford: E theatro Sheldoniano, 1710. First Sheldonian edition. Illustrated with four copper-engraved folding maps. Greek and Latin text on facing pages. The commentary by Eustathius is in Greek only. Some light foxing. Copper-engraved bookplate of the Duke of Sussex on front pastedown. A very good copy. Contemporary calf with covers paneled in blind, rebacked to style, gilt burgundy morocco label. Octavo. [2], xiii, [2]-199, [1] pp. Item #15641

Dionysius Periegetes or Dionysius the Voyager is thought to have been from Alexandria and to have flourished around the time of Hadrian (117-138 C.E.). He is known for this work, describing the habitable world in Greek hexameter in an elegant style. This work was popular, and was often used as a school book. The commentary by Eustathius, Archbishop of Thessalonica (fl. Late 12th century) first appeared in the edition by Robert Estienne in 1547.

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