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CLUVER Philipp – Italia Antiqua / Sicilia Antiqua – 1619 / 1624


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CLUVER Philipp – Philippi Cluveri Italia Antiqua Opus post omnium curas elaboratissimum; tabulis geographicis aere expressis illustratum. Ejusdem Sicilia Sardinia et Corsica, cum Indice locuplettisssimo / Philippi Cluveri Sicilia Antiqua; cum minoribus insulis, ei adjacentibus. Item Sardinia et Corsica. Opus post omnium curas elaboratissimum; taublis geographicis, aere expressis, illustratum – 1619 / 1624. Lugduni Batavorum, ex Officina Elseviriana. Full coeval leather with triple frame hot-stamped on the boards, gilt titles and motifs on the spine, raised bands, sprayed fore-edges; folio, 36.5 x 24 cm; 2 complementary works bound in 2 volumes (2 Italia antiqua + 1 Sicilia); pp. (4b) + (20) + 786 + (6b), (4b) + (16) + 510 + (12) + [787-1338] + (21) + (5b); the second tome of Italia Antiqua is bound after Sicilia Antiqua, in its own volume, hinges a bit cracked so the boards are slightly weakened, scrapes and traces of use on the boards, some browned gatherings, foxing on two maps, on the whole more than a good copy with wise margins. Italia Antiqua: half-title, beautiful copper engraved portrait of Cluver in an oval frame at the front door, beautiful allegorical copper engraved title page in volume I, in the first volume 10 double-page copper geographical maps (Summa Italiae Descriptio , Alpium Cottiarum Maritimarum, Rhaetiae et Lepoontiorum, Venetiae, Histriae et Carnici Agri descriptio, Galliae Circumpadanae, Alpium Penninarum, Etruriae Antiquae descriptio, Umbriae Antiquae descriptio, Sabinorum et Marsorum Agri carta descriptio, Piceni et Vestinorum); to the second volume, title page with classic Elzevirian typographic mark, 4 double-page copper geographical maps (Latii Utriusque, Samni et Campaniae, Apuliae Mesapiae in qua Calabri ac Salentini et Lucaniae descriptio, Brutii Agri descriptio) and a beautiful engraved view of Rome always in double page (Antiquae Urbis Romae Descriptio). Sicilia Antiqua: half-title, beautiful copper engraved allegorical titlepage, 4 geographical maps on double-page copper (Corsicae / Sardiniae antiquae descriptio, Insularum Orientali Siciliae lateri divina in three panels, Siciliae Antiquae Descriptio, same card in Greek with minimal modifications) and a beautiful double-page copper engraved view of Syracuse (Veterum Syracusarum typus). Provenance: in both volumes, at the endpaper, two bookplates: the first one from John Marques of Tweeddale with motto Spare Nought; the second one from Robert J. Hayhurst. First, uncommon and complete edition, of this milestone of Italian geography, elaborated by the famous German geographer following the trip he made to the peninsula just one year before giving life to this work, which began in 1619 with the relative “commentary” volume to the islands, later completed and published posthumously in 1624 with the two volumes relating to the entire country.