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[Hand-Colored] The Geographical System of Herodotus, Examined and Explained, By a Comparison with Those of Other Ancient Authors, and with Modern Geography

London: printed for C. J. G. & F. Rivington, St. Paul's Church-Yard, and Waterloo-Place, Pall Mall, MDCCCXXX [1830]. Half-Calf. Second Edition revised of this work on ancient geography, "a monument of laborious research and acute and lucid criticism" (DNB), complete in two volumes. Crown 8vo (213 x 122mm): xxiv,535,[1]; vi,472pp, with frontispiece portrait (engraved by A. Cardon) in vol. I and 11 folding maps printed in brown (two world maps according to Herodotus and maps of Western Scythia, the Hellespont and Bosporus, the expedition of Darius Hystaspes to Scythia [hand-colored], the position and remains of ancient Babylon, Lower Egypt, Memphis and changes in course of the Nile, Libya, Circumnavigation of Africa and courses of currents in the Atlantic, and the voyage of Hanno the Navigator. Contemporary (or nearly so) half brown calf over marbled boards, spines in five compartments divided by raised bands, red morocco lettering and numbering pieces gilt. Front end sheets filled with neat period notes, summarizing text of each volume, in a meticulous hand, perhaps that of B. G. Goltermann, whose engraved armorial book plate appears on each front paste down. Tightly bound and virtually pristine, pages and maps very fresh and bright. Cox I, p.396. Tooley (Dictionary) IV, pp. 33-34. Lowndes 2072. Fine. Item #BB2024

Although primarily a work of history, Herodotus's Histories contains a wealth of geographic descriptions covering much of the known world: Egypt, Scythia, Persia, and Asia Minor, even mention of India. Later in life, after returning to England from India, Rennell's "research and publication turned increasingly towards the mechanics and interpretation of the geography of classical and biblical times," including Observations on the Topography of the Plain of Troy (1814) and Illustrations (Chiefly Geographical) of the History of the Expedition of Cyrus (1816), as well as The Geographical System of Herodotus. (ODNB) Specifically, he tried to reconcile ancient geography with knowledge from modern discoveries. Of particular note was the second volume of this work, which "laid the foundations of the study of the geography of Africa." (Markham, Major James Rennell and the Rise of Modern English Geography, p. 208). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

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