32 p.l., 272 pp. Small 8vo, cont. vellum over boards. Moulins: P. Vernoy, 1644. First edition of this scarce provincial imprint, a dictionary of geographic names found in classical descriptions of Gaul. Labbé (1607-67), Jesuit scholar and prolific author, wrote this work as a bold critique of an earlier similar work by the cartographer Nicolas Sanson (1600-67), from which Labbé "borrowed" liberally. The subsequent war of words between the two authors led to the brief arrest of Labbé. The present work describes the locations and variant names in different languages and dialects of numerous ancient cities, temples, fortresses, rivers, etc., oftentimes noting their proximity to contemporary cities and landmarks. Nice copy. Small portion of upper outer corner of title-page cut away and replaced. ❧ N.B.G., Vol. 28, cols. 338-42. (Inventory #: 6029)
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