Auction 149, Lot 612

"Populi Persarum, Arabes, & quod his Proximum est Aethiopum Geographiae Veteri Sacr. & Pomponio Melae", Mela, Pomponius

Subject: Arabian Peninsula & Northern Africa

Period: 1711 (circa)

Publication: Pomponii Melae de Situ Orbis Libri Tres…

Color: Black & White

9.6 x 7.4 inches
24.4 x 18.8 cm

This unusual map centering on the Arabian Peninsula comes from an edition of Pomponius Mela's geography, first published in 1711 by the Exeter scholar John Reynolds. It stretches from the northeastern section of Africa to the Persian Gulf and part of present-day Iran. It has simple topography and ancient place names as well as an elaborate decorative title cartouche.

References: McCorkle (18th C. Geography Books) #272-25; Shirley (BL Atlases) G.MELA-2a #25.

Condition: A

Issued folding.

Estimate: $120 - $150


Closed on 5/21/2014