Author: Vercellensis Johannes Rubeus
Title: STRABO. De situ orbis (geographia libri XVII).
Title in English: Strabo. A Description of the World (17 books on geography).
Format: folio; 16 ff., CL ff.; recased in Eighteenth-century vellum, title gilt on tan label to spine. Occasional marginal foxing, light dampstain to ff. XLVI and LXXX-LXXXIII, tiny wormtrail at blank head of gatherings t-z, old repair at f. CXXXI just touching a few letters.
Nice edition by Antonio Mancinelli of this landmark in the history of geography. The text was translated into Latin by Guarino Veronese (books I-X) and Gregorio Tifernate (book XI-XVII). Originally written in Greek at the end of I cent. B.C., Strabo's work is considered as one of the most important treatises on geography and etnography of ancient times. The XVII books are dedicated to several countries such as Italy, Iberian Peninsula, Middle-East, Egypt... described in details with information about, trade, history, habits, every-day life. The text includes also a number of references to people of Sarmatia and Scythia outlining their features and habits. More specfically, the book VII of Strabo's Geographia is devoted to people settled on the East side of Rhine, in the are extending till the Tanai (today: Don). Sarmatians activities and traditions are described in details: for example, they were specialized in agriculture and hunting, especially dears, boards and white rams.