Sale: 366 / Rare Books including Marine Art, May 17./18. 2010 in Hamburg Lot 8

 
Gulielmo Postel - De Orbis Terrae. 1544


 
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Gulielmo Postel
De Orbis Terrae. 1544
Estimate:
€ 3,000 / $ 3,510
Sold:
€ 3,240 / $ 3.790

(incl. 20% surcharge)
Lot description
Postel, G., De orbis terrae concordia libri quatuor. With 5 figurative woodcut initials. [Basle, J. Oporinus 1544]. New vellum. Folio. 4 unnumb. ll., 427 (recte 447) pp.

VD 16, P 4481. - BM STC, German Books S. 714. - Adams P 2020. - Sabin 64524. - Caillet 8903. - Thorndike VI, 454. - First edition . - Main work of the humanist and peculiar universal scholar Guillaume Postel (1510-1581), a "strange visionariness " by "the first important Central European Arabist" (transl. of quote from 'Welt der Araber', ex. cat. HAB Wolfenbüttel, p. 65). The work is a sort of missionary handbook, by means of which Postel wanted to introduce Christianity as a global religion. - At the same time an early americanum : "A passage relating to America begins on p. 350" (Sabin). - Slightly evenly browned in places, with isolated small partly rebacked wormtracks, isolated contemp. marginalia. Boards slightly bowed. All in all clean and broad-margined copy.

8
Gulielmo Postel
De Orbis Terrae. 1544
Estimate:
€ 3,000 / $ 3,510
Sold:
€ 3,240 / $ 3.790

(incl. 20% surcharge)