1597 – A. A. T. Macrobius – Macrobii Ambrosii Aurelii Theodosii


Title:                      “Macrobii Ambrosii Aurelii Theodosii, uiri Consularis, et Illustris, In Somnium Scipionis, Lib. II. Saturnaliorum. Lib. VII…


This book, written by Ambrosius Macrobius, is a commentary on Cicero’s Dream of Scipio. It includes a rare woodcut map of the world illustrating Cicero’s interesting theories. This diagrammatic map shows two distinct regions of the earth. The inhabited Afro-Eurasian continent was balanced by an unknown, landmass (Temperata Antipodunobis Incognita) on the other side of an impassable torrid zone (Perusta) and a great boiling sea (Alveus Oceani). Distinguished cartographers like Mercator and Ortelius would later incorporate Macrobius’ model into an immense southern continent (Australis Incongita) to balance the known lands of the world, and the division of the world into climactic zones is still in use today.

Publisher:             Ambrosius Aurelius Theodo Macrobius
Book size:             9,0 x 5,0 x 12,5 cm
Year:                       1597
Technique:           copper engraving

Good condition. Few sheets water damaged, slightly finger-stained and rubbed. Please ask for more photos or detailed information.


This is an original antique book published in 1597 and NOT a modern copy or reprint


On your request we will provide a Certificate of Authenticity.

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