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CLUVER, Phillipp. Philippi Cluverii introductionis in Universam geographiam, tam Veterem quam Novam Libri VI. Accessit P. Bertii Breviarum Orbis terrarum.

Amstelodami [i.e. Amsterdam]. Apud Elzevirios, 1677.
16mo. 352, 70pp, [10]. With an engraved title page, and engraved folding plate, and a folding table. Handsomely bound in eighteenth- century gilt-tooled calf, contrasting black morocco lettering-piece. Marbled endpapers, all edges blue. Extremities rubbed, slight chipping to head of spine. Armorial bookplate of Baptist May to verso of blank fly-leaf at front, internally clean and crisp.
A handsome copy, in a distinctive English tan calf binding and with the bookplate of Baptist May, of German Philip Culver's (1580- 1622) influential early modern six-part geography.

Clearly emanating from the eighteenth-century, the bookplate cannot be that of the royal courtier (and favourite of Charles II) Baptist May (1628-1688). The same bookplate is found in a 1531 edition of Horace (offered by Quaritch in their 2019 Firsts London catalogue) alongside a Trinity College Cambridge morocco book label dating 1725, when a later Baptist May (whom Venn suggests was born c.1709), son of Charles May, matriculated there. Evidently a keen bibliophile, Baptist May possessed at least four more uniformly bound volumes - all lettered with the idiosyncratic 'Vol' statement on each spine, as here - from the Elzevir family presses, offered as lot
1074 in the Morphets sale of R. J. Hayhurst's Library (4th April 2019).
£ 375.00 Antiquates Ref: 11693